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Akatsuki arrives at Tanegashima Space Center

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/19 03:57 CDT

The Akatsuki spacecraft (also known as PLANET-C or Venus Climate Orbiter) arrived this evening, Japanese time, at the Tanegashima Space Center.

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A trio of pretty Cassini pics

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/19 02:19 CDT

It's been a little while since I posted any Cassini pictures just because they were pretty, so here's a few recent ones, produced by amateurs from the images available on the Cassini raw images website.

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"He walked on the Moon. Now let's see what those feet can do on Earth."

Posted by Susan Lendroth on 2010/03/19 02:14 CDT

Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin is about to add another line to his resume when he appears on the television program, "Dancing with the Stars."

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Making a difference through the Shoemaker NEO Grants

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/18 04:39 CDT

Amir Alexander has just posted an update on the activities of the most recent winners of the Shoemaker NEO Grants.

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Updates on Shoemaker NEO Grant Recipients

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2010/03/18 12:00 CDT

Our past Shoemaker NEO grant recipients have once again shown themselves to be a hardworking and enterprising group.

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And now for Luna 17 and Lunokhod 1

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/17 04:39 CDT

I am delighted to report that within a day of the first view of Luna 21 and Lunokhod 2 since the end of that mission in 1973, the sister mission, Luna 17 and Lunokhod 1, has also been found.

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Charlie Bolden Addresses Misconceptions of NASA's New Plan

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2010/03/17 04:06 CDT

There's been wide-spread confusion in the media about what NASA's FY 2011 would actually mean for the space agency. Charlie Bolden, NASA Administrator, addressed the misconceptions in a speech on March 16 to the Washington Space Business Roundtable's Satellite 2010 Conference.

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Propose for a Shoemaker Near Earth Object Grant

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/17 01:39 CDT

Are you a serious amateur astronomer who enjoys the challenge of following up on the discoveries of faint near-Earth objects?

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Lunokhod found on the Moon -- and on Earth, too

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/17 12:26 CDT

Yesterday I posted a bit of a Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter camera image showing the tracks of the Russian Lunokhod 2 rover. Today, I can post for you an image showing the rover's final resting place

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Titan: Callisto with weather

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/16 05:18 CDT | 2 comments

It's the second time I've posted with this provocative title. This time, it's in response to a new paper published last week in Science.

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The far side of Phobos

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/16 09:47 CDT

Now here is an unusual image of Phobos, Mars' moon.

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Soviet landers Luna 20, 23, and 24, plus the tracks of Lunokhod 2

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/15 10:55 CDT

Today is the bonanza day for Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter: the first formal release of orbiter data happened this morning, including 10 Terabytes (that is 10 million Megabytes!) of camera data.

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Phobos from Mars Express

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/15 10:30 CDT

ESA has released the first image from Mars Express' recent close flybys of Phobos!

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LPSC: Wrapping up Tuesday: The Moon, Mars, Mercury, Vesta, and back to Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/12 01:27 CST

Well, it's already mid-day on the Friday a week after the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference ended and I'm STILL not done writing up my notes.

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Pretty pictures: Europa from Galileo and Voyager

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/12 11:24 CST

For some reason both Jason Perry and Ted Stryk took it upon themselves to produce new, pretty versions of Jupiter's moon Europa this week, so I'm hereby featuring them!

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Helene has two faces

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/11 10:59 CST

Yes, it's yet another post on Helene! I keep on finding new stuff to post. This time it is a really cool montage assembled by Ian Regan.

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LPSC: Venus

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/10 02:16 CST

Despite the fact that I began my career in science doing research on Magellan images of Venus, I've often avoided Venus sessions at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference because they've tended to be pointlessly contentious. But I decided to attend the one this year to see how things went.

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Pointing at Helene

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/10 11:40 CST

I posted already some neat images from Cassini's flyby of Helene last week, and commented on how most of the images from that encounter missed Helene entirely or only caught the moon at one edge of the camera field of view. Here's an example of one of those images.

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Unbelievably spectacular flight through Candor Chasma

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/09 01:53 CST

This is one of the things that came out during LPSC last week and all I could do at the time was Tweet it—so here it is in blog form: the most unbelievably spectacular 3D animation of a bit of Mars I've seen yet, produced by Adrian Lark.

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Joint replacement operation takes Goldstone 70-meter dish offline until at least November

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/09 01:37 CST

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced yesterday that the venerable 70-meter dish at the Goldstone Deep Space Network station is being taken offline so that major surgery can be performed.

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