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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Spirit Works Winter Campaign as Opportunity Roves Adrift on way to Victoria

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2006/05/31 12:00 CDT

The Mars Exploration Rovers are now well into their second Martian winter and, all things considered, both Spirit and Opportunity are faring pretty well for being, essentially, aging Baby Boomers on bitter cold, dusty alien planet some 50 million miles away from home.

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An Odyssey THEMIS image of Gale Crater, Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/05/26 12:57 CDT

This week's releases from the Mars Odyssey THEMIS team included a gorgeous one of the layered interior of Gale crater.

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A couple of neat artist's conceptions of ExoMars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/05/26 11:32 CDT

With the Aurora program under way, the next European mission to Mars will be a rover named ExoMars, to be launched in 2011.

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Europe goes ahead with Aurora

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/05/24 08:21 CDT

This item is a little bit old -- I missed it when it was announced last Monday. ESA issued a press release stating that "European ministers approve the Aurora Exploration Programme and give green light for the ExoMars mission."

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OPAG, Day 2: Ground-based study of the small bodies in the outer solar system

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/05/07 08:10 CDT

After the political discussions of the morning, Mike Brown stood up to give the "highly subjective view of one ground-based astronomer," he said.

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OPAG, Day 2: Update from the NASA Advisory Committee meetings this week

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/05/07 08:09 CDT

During the first day of OPAG, the chair of the group, Fran Bagenal, was not present because she was participating in some rather important discussions taking place in Maryland.

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OPAG, Day 1: Status of radioisotope power and communications support for future missions

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/05/06 03:08 CDT

Following the mission- and science-focused presentations of the morning, there came two rather alarming presentations.

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OPAG, Day 1: Uranus equinox is coming up

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/05/06 11:05 CDT

Heidi Hammel gave a brief but spirited presentation designed to wake up the audience to the fact that Uranus is fast approaching its equinox, an event that will happen on December 7, 2007.

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OPAG, Day 1: Hot-air ballooning on Titan

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/05/06 10:46 CDT

The next presentation at OPAG was given by Ralph Lorenz and Tom Spilker on a Titan Montgolfiere Mission Study. What's a Montgolfiere, you ask?

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OPAG, Day 1: Getting to Europa

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/05/05 07:37 CDT

Next up at the Outer Planets Assessment Group meeting was an overview of the plans for future Europa missions.

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OPAG, Day 1: Cassini and Juno status

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/05/05 06:15 CDT

The Outer Planets Assessment Group opened with the status of two of the three actual outer planets missions, Cassini and Juno.

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OPAG: Looking back

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/05/05 05:30 CDT

The two-day meeting of the Outer Planets Assessment Group is over and I have 30-odd pages of notes to wrestle with.

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OPAG: A brief update

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/05/04 09:21 CDT

It's already 9:00 and I've hardly begun assimilating my 16 pages of notes, so I am going to have to just post a short summary with some highlights from today's meeting of the Outer Planets Assessment Group, or OPAG.

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Too much outer planets news for me to read (much less report on)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/05/04 08:51 CDT

Before I get to my notes from OPAG I want to minimally acknowledge today's news, which I'll have to get to in more detail later.

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New items on the website: Rover update and Stardust@home

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/05/01 06:54 CDT

I just wanted to point out a couple of new items on the website.

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