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Testing Sail Deployment

Louis D. Friedman • March 06, 2011

The first full scale deployment of the Planetary Society's LightSail 1 solar sail was conducted on March 4, 2011 at Stellar Exploration in San Luis Obispo, California.

Glory Lost - But Its Mission Must Go On

Charlene Anderson • March 04, 2011

Another painful loss to NASA's mission to study Earth from space: Today a Taurus XL rocket failed to lift the Glory satellite into Earth orbit when its clam-shell nosecone refused to open, forcing the rocket and its payload into the southern Pacific Ocean.

Public service announcement: How to use Wget to grab the 2011 LPSC abstracts

Emily Lakdawalla • March 03, 2011

The Lunar and Planetary Science Conference is happening next week. The sessions and abstracts are all in PDF format, so it's tiresome to access them online; I much prefer to download them all to my computer and browse them locally.

What does decommissioning a spacecraft entail?

Emily Lakdawalla • March 03, 2011

In my last couple of posts about the Stardust spacecraft, which is now basically out of fuel after a remarkably successful extended mission to comet Tempel 1, I've mentioned that it's soon to be decommissioned. A reader asked me: what does it mean to decommission a spacecraft?

Endeavour on Opportunity's horizon: Are we there yet?

Emily Lakdawalla • March 02, 2011

Last week the Mars Exploration Rover team dumped another 90 sols' worth of data from Mars into NASA's Planetary Data System, the national repository for space mission data. As I did once before, I dove into this fresh pile of data to pull out Opportunity's color views of the distant rim of Endeavour crater.

Explore the Moon in 3D through the Chandrayaan-1 TMC image data set

Emily Lakdawalla • March 01, 2011

Data from two of the cameras aboard Chandrayaan-1 are now available through the ISRO Science Data Archive (ISDA), a new(?) site that is being established to host the data from ISRO's deep-space missions.

Map the world's light pollution by participating in GLOBE at Night

Emily Lakdawalla • March 01, 2011

Now in its sixth year, GLOBE at Night is a citizen science program that marshals the eyes of thousands of people around the world once a year to assess the degree to which light pollution diminishes our views of starry skies.

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