Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/31 06:48 CDT
Spirit had been communicating on a once-per-week schedule in recent weeks. During the designated time for the rover to communicate with NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter passing overhead on March 30, Odyssey heard nothing from the rover.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/31 12:07 CDT
This month, we can expect lots of cool images of icy moons from Cassini, which will have close encounters with Dione and Enceladus, and more distant encounters with nearly every other iceball flying around the Saturn system inside Titan's orbit.
Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2010/03/31 12:00 CDT
March seems to have come in like a lamb and gone out like a lion on the Red Planet this year as the Mars Exploration Rovers trudged deeper into their fourth winter. While Opportunity finished up work at Concepcin Crater and shifted into gear back on the road to Endeavour Crater, Spirit finished up winter preparations and carried out a limited winter agenda before shifting, it appears, into hibernation mode.
Posted by Abigail Fraeman on 2010/03/30 09:01 CDT
It's the second week of ABC's television program Dancing with the Stars, which means two things: (1) Someone will be getting the boot from the competition on Tuesday night, and (2) Our favorite rocket man had a second chance to prove to judge Bruno Tonioli that he could dance without looking like he was still wearing his moon boots.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/29 05:19 CDT
This new map of Saturn's moon Mimas -- representing data captured by the CIRS thermal infrared spectrometer during Cassini's February 13, 2010 flyby -- is just baffling.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/27 05:09 CDT
Just a little update here to post a Navcam panorama from Opportunity showing that the rover successfully arrived yesterday at the doublet crater she's been aiming for since she left Concepcion a couple of weeks ago.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/26 12:01 CDT
I heard some absolutely terrific news about the MSL mission yesterday.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/26 11:27 CDT
Hayabusa's mission team has successfully shifted the little spacecraft's approach trajectory from the day side to the night side of Earth, a critical maneuver for the survival of the sample return capsule.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/25 02:21 CDT
I am just drowning in data right now, and I couldn't be happier.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/24 03:01 CDT
I saw this image at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference so am happy they released it: a view of Opportunity sitting on the north rim of the little, fresh Concepción crater, taken on sol 2153 (February 13, 2010).
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/23 01:09 CDT
An update on Hayabusa posted to the JAXA website by project manager Junichiro Kawaguchi.
Posted by Abigail Fraeman on 2010/03/23 09:08 CDT
This past Monday night Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin appeared as a contestant on the ABC television program "Dancing the Stars," where he showed off the dancing skills he first perfected as a cadet attending "hops" at West Point (as in, "let's go to the hop.")
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/19 09:25 CDT
There was a piece of the Lunar-Reconnaissance-Orbiter-spots-the-Lunokhods story that I was intrigued by but just didn't have the time this week to investigate properly.