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Phobos has gravity!

Emily Lakdawalla • March 09, 2010

Last week Mars Express had its closest-ever flyby of Mars' larger, inner moon Phobos.

LPSC: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter results

Emily Lakdawalla • March 08, 2010

A week later and I am finally getting to the mountains of notes I took on Moon-related talks I saw at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) held in Houston last week.

Stephen Hawking Receives Cosmos Award

Louis D. Friedman • March 07, 2010

The Planetary Society presented the Cosmos Award for Outstanding Public Presentation of Science to Stephen Hawking in Cambridge England on February 27.

WISE's weekly featured image

Emily Lakdawalla • March 07, 2010

I'm pleased to point out that the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission (WISE) has started an "image of the week" feature on its website.

Cassini's Helene flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • March 05, 2010

I was much anticipating Cassini's encounter with Helene on Wednesday.

Pretty picture: Io, labeled

Emily Lakdawalla • March 05, 2010

Jason Perry just posted this lovely labeled image of Io over at his blog, the Gish Bar Times.

LPSC, Day 3: Opportunity, and what the heck is Marquette?

Emily Lakdawalla • March 05, 2010

I wrote earlier about some results from Spirit reported at this year's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston, Texas; here are the rest of my notes on rover-related talks, from Opportunity's site on the opposite side of Mars.

Join the Fight for NASA's Future!

Louis D. Friedman • March 05, 2010

The U.S. Administration's request for the 2011 NASA budget calls for a bold recasting of the agency's path for human space exploration.

Back from LPSC

Emily Lakdawalla • March 04, 2010

Just a quick note to all that I've collected both children from the family I left them with and we've all now arrived home from the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

Pretty Picture: ISS in the X-band

Emily Lakdawalla • March 04, 2010

This is from the "Just Plain Cool" department: a picture of the International Space Station taken in microwave radar.

Greetings From Space Up in Sunny San Diego!

Lyford Rome • March 04, 2010

Well, the weather may not have lived up to the title, but spirits were not dampened one bit at the first SpaceUp "unconference" held at the San Diego Air and Space Museum March 27th and 28th.

Gorilla seen in Nasa Snap from Mars? Umm....no.

Emily Lakdawalla • March 03, 2010

Yes, I'm totally not kidding, that is the headline in the Sun: "'Gorilla' seen in Nasa Snap from Mars."

LPSC, Day 2: Impacts onto icy moons

Emily Lakdawalla • March 03, 2010

There has been big news from Moon and Mars here at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, but I can't find the time to wrap that stuff up into a properly illustrated blog post; while I'm still on site at the conference I'll be tossing the easier-to-digest bits into the blog.

What's your favorite planet?

Charlene Anderson • March 02, 2010

Before you answer, check out these images!

LPSC, Day 1: Spirit and Phoenix

Emily Lakdawalla • March 02, 2010

Where to begin with the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC)?

Programming Note: The Pluto Files

Emily Lakdawalla • March 02, 2010

This is just a brief note to advertise this evening's edition of NOVA on public television here in the U.S. The show is "The Pluto Files" and is hosted by former Planetary Society president Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

LPSC: Why Ganymede and Callisto are so different

Emily Lakdawalla • March 01, 2010

The first talk I attended at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston was my one icy satellite talk for the day.

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