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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Spirit Makes Tracks for McCool Hill as Opportunity Roves to Victoria

A.J.S. Rayl • March 31, 2006

As autumn falls toward winter on the southern hemisphere of the Red Planet, the Mars Exploration Rovers are on the move again. Although the twin robot field geologists are roving as quickly as possible to their next major destinations, the pace is slowing down.

Updated Cassini tour table

Emily Lakdawalla • March 30, 2006

Cassini planner Dave Seal gave me a newly updated list of times and dates for Cassini's ongoing tour of the Saturn system, so I went through and compared my table to his and made updates to flyby distances.

MESSENGER's science team pages

Emily Lakdawalla • March 27, 2006

A news update from the MESSENGER mission last Friday included a news item that piqued my interest: they reported that the MESSENGER science team website is now live.

LPSC: Friday: Hayabusa

Emily Lakdawalla • March 20, 2006

The audience was rapt as Project Manager Jun'ichiro Kawaguchi stood up to give an introduction to the Hayabusa spacecraft and described the saga of the mission to date.

LPSC: Thursday: Can bugs get from Earth to Europa?

Emily Lakdawalla • March 20, 2006

LPSC: Thursday: Can bugs get from Earth to Europa?

LPSC: The Poster Sessions, Tuesday and Thursday

Emily Lakdawalla • March 20, 2006

LPSC: The Poster Sessions, Tuesday and Thursday

LPSC: Thursday: The Moons of Jupiter and the future of Outer Planet Exploration

Emily Lakdawalla • March 18, 2006

LPSC: Thursday: The Moons of Jupiter and the future of Outer Planet Exploration

LPSC: Thursday: The Moons of Jupiter and the future of Outer Planet Exploration

Emily Lakdawalla • March 17, 2006

I said earlier I was going to cover the poster sessions next, and there are some cool things that I want to write about, but I thought I'd better get to something a bit more topical a bit sooner: Europa and the other Galilean satellites, and when (if!?) we'll be exploring them again.

LPSC: Wednesday afternoon: Cassini at Enceladus

Emily Lakdawalla • March 17, 2006

So after those two rover talks I skipped over to the other large room to listen to what the Cassini science teams had to say about Enceladus.

LPSC, Wednesday morning: Titan

Emily Lakdawalla • March 15, 2006

This morning at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference began with Titan, and then later in the morning I had to choose between skipping Titan and going over to rover sessions, or staying with Titan. I elected to stay with Titan.

The hubbub about Enceladus

Emily Lakdawalla • March 09, 2006

I just posted a very brief story about all of the press releases that have been whizzing around today about the possibility of liquid water on Enceladus.

Notes from this morning's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter press conference

Emily Lakdawalla • March 08, 2006

They held the usual pre-arrival press conference this morning for Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. This press conference typically doesn't convey any information that people who have been paying attention don't already know.

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