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Hubble sees both of Saturn's aurorae

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/12 01:01 CST

Yesterday, the European wing of the Hubble PR machine released this cool image of Saturn and its aurorae, with an associated video.

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Find pics and track the rovers in Google Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/11 05:28 CST

I think a goodly proportion of you readers have already figured this out for yourselves since it was launched last March, but I didn't download and install it until last weekend, so this is new to me: Google Mars is awesome.

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Dawn Journal: Thruster Two's Time to Shine

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2010/02/10 01:14 CST

Dawn is outfitted with three ion thrusters, assigned the heartwarming names thruster #1, thruster #2, and thruster #3.

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Endeavour Launch Ignites Night Sky

Posted by Ken Kremer on 2010/02/09 12:03 CST

Planetary Society volunteer Ken Kremer is reporting for us from the Kennedy Space Center, where he is covering the launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour, set to launch this weekend.

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A Space Carnival (#140) and some new names for Enceladus

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/09 10:39 CST

This week the Carnival of Space is over at one of my favorite new blogs, Lights in the Dark. Actually it's not so new -- evidently this week marks its first anniversary!

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Pretty picture: Opportunity around Concepcion

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/09 10:32 CST

Here's a neat picture from Opportunity, a panorama composed of its wide-angle, mast-mounted Navcam cameras, showing the crater Concepcion.

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WISE has found its first comet, P/2010 B2 (WISE)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/08 04:50 CST

Having discovered its first asteroid on January 12, Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has now officially discovered its first comet, P/2010 B2 (WISE).

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Manic Monday: Chocolate Hills, Io, and NASA's budget

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/08 02:21 CST

Although I am not suffering under the "snowpocalypse" on the East Coast, I woke up to Monday absolutely buried under a massive pile of things to do for both home and work, and it looks like it's going to take me a few days to dig out. So, with apologies, I'm going to make today's post a linky one.

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That's a lot of motion for a "stuck" rover!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/06 08:14 CST

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory posted a video to YouTube today showing what seems to be a remarkable amount of motion out of Spirit lately, especially given that she's supposed to be a "stationary science platform" now.

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New maps of Pluto show pretty amazing amounts of surface change

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/04 02:17 CST

I just posted my writeup of today's press briefing on a new map of Pluto produced from Hubble images. The main conclusion was that Pluto has shown an astonishing amount of changes across its surface between 1994 and 2002 -- more, in fact, than any other solid surface in the solar system.

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Way-cool Martian flyovers by Doug Ellison

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/04 09:16 CST

Doug Ellison has been playing with Martian digital terrain models recently, to great effect.

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Endeavour Crew Arrives at KSC

Posted by Ken Kremer on 2010/02/03 04:42 CST

The crew for the STS-130 flight of shuttle Endeavour arrived at the Kennedy Space Center late in the evening on Tuesday February 2. Blastoff is slated for February 7 at 4:39 AM and will be the final night time shuttle launch.

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Hooray! Cassini's tour has been extended for SEVEN MORE YEARS!

Posted by Emily LakdawallaJohn Spencer on 2010/02/03 01:12 CST

NASA has just announced that once Cassini's Equinox Mission runs out in June of this year, they will extend it a further seven more years, long enough for the spacecraft to see Saturn through its solstice!!

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Spectacular Hubble view of the aftermath of an asteroid collision

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/02 01:25 CST

Hubble has caught an astonishing view of something that's never before been observed, the aftermath of a collision between two asteroids in the main belt.

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Mars Express animation of Phobos' shadow transiting Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/02 12:08 CST

For the first time ever, Mars Express' Visual Monitoring Camera has imaged the shadow of Mars' moon Phobos crossing the surface of Mars.

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Planetary Society Urges Congress to Endorse NASA Budget

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/02/01 02:29 CST

The Planetary Society today issued a statement supporting the budget increase for NASA and the Administration's proposal to involve the commercial industry in human space flight.

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What's up in the solar system in February 2010

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/01 01:56 CST

Probably the biggest topic of discussion this month will concern the news contained within the President's proposed fiscal year 2011 budget, about which there was a NASA press conference this morning.

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This blog now has comments!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/01 11:07 CST

Every once in a while I get an email from a reader expressing irritation with the fact that this blog doesn't permit comments. The reasons have always been technical/financial, not philosophical.

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A pretty picture of Concepcion crater

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/01 10:37 CST

It looks like the rover team thinks Concepcion is pretty enough (in both aesthetic and a scientific senses) to be worthy of the full-color Pancam panorama treatment; color frames started arriving on Earth over the weekend.

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