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Akatsuki arrives at Tanegashima Space Center

Emily Lakdawalla • March 19, 2010

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

A trio of pretty Cassini pics

Emily Lakdawalla • March 19, 2010

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.

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

Susan Lendroth • March 19, 2010

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

Making a difference through the Shoemaker NEO Grants

Emily Lakdawalla • March 18, 2010

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

Updates on Shoemaker NEO Grant Recipients

Bruce Betts • March 18, 2010

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

And now for Luna 17 and Lunokhod 1

Emily Lakdawalla • March 17, 2010

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.

Charlie Bolden Addresses Misconceptions of NASA's New Plan

Charlene Anderson • March 17, 2010

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.

Propose for a Shoemaker Near Earth Object Grant

Emily Lakdawalla • March 17, 2010

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

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

Emily Lakdawalla • March 17, 2010

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

Titan: Callisto with weather

Emily Lakdawalla • March 16, 2010

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.

The far side of Phobos

Emily Lakdawalla • March 16, 2010

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

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

Emily Lakdawalla • March 15, 2010

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.

Phobos from Mars Express

Emily Lakdawalla • March 15, 2010

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

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

Emily Lakdawalla • March 12, 2010

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.

Pretty pictures: Europa from Galileo and Voyager

Emily Lakdawalla • March 12, 2010

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!

Helene has two faces

Emily Lakdawalla • March 11, 2010

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.

LPSC: Venus

Emily Lakdawalla • March 10, 2010

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.

Pointing at Helene

Emily Lakdawalla • March 10, 2010

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.

Unbelievably spectacular flight through Candor Chasma

Emily Lakdawalla • March 09, 2010

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.

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

Emily Lakdawalla • March 09, 2010

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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