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Photo proof of good progress on IKAROS sail deployment

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/31 04:00 CDT

We have photo proof that the multi-step process of the deployment of IKAROS' square solar sail is going according to plan!

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Spirit Sleeps through Solstice, Opportunity Cruises Past Viking Record

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2010/05/31 12:00 CDT

The Mars Exploration Rovers made it through their fourth winter solstice in what is the coldest, most challenging Martian winter the twin robot field geologists have experienced.

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Progress on WISE's asteroid survey

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/28 08:05 CDT

Progress on WISE's asteroid survey

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Firming Up the Spacecraft Design

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/05/27 12:00 CDT

The LightSail-1 spacecraft development is proceeding well. Our engineering team has completed crucial milestones to building the vehicle that will demonstrate the value and potential of using sunlight alone to propel exploratory craft through space.

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Is this the eastward turn we've all been waiting for?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/27 07:24 CDT

Is this the eastward turn we've all been waiting for?

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Using Earth to Study the Moon

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/26 12:51 CDT

Using Earth to Study the Moon

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Initial checkout of IKAROS complete

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/25 02:32 CDT

JAXA has posted a short update on their solar sailcraft IKAROS.

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The goal of Opportunity's trek

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/24 02:00 CDT

Opportunity's kilometers-long march across the sands of Meridiani Planum is a great story, and the journey is fun to follow; but what could be worth such a long march?

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Akatsuki captures goodbye shots of Earth

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/22 09:50 CDT

Akatsuki captures goodbye shots of Earth

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All's well on IKAROS and Shin-en

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/21 09:42 CDT

Today JAXA posted a very brief mission status update on the IKAROS spacecraft, launched yesterday along with Akatsuki. Brief is good; all's well.

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Official launch and landing dates announced for Curiosity

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/21 05:34 CDT

Official launch and landing dates announced for Curiosity

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Voyager 2's flipped bit fixed

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/21 05:12 CDT | 1 comment

Voyager 2's flipped bit fixed

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More Support for the 2011 Budget Proposal

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/05/20 11:00 CDT

More Support for the 2011 Budget Proposal

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Akatsuki, IKAROS, UNITEC-1, and your names are on their way to Venus

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/20 05:44 CDT

It was a picture-perfect launch for three Venus-bound spacecraft this morning: the Akatsuki Venus orbiter, the IKAROS solar sail, and a university-built minisat named UNITEC-1.

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Akatsuki and IKAROS to launch today

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/20 04:08 CDT

This is mostly a repost from Monday: Just a programming note, a reminder that Japan plans to launch the Venus orbiter Akatsuki and the solar sail IKAROS today at 21:58:22 UTC.

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Apollo Astronaut Rusty Schweickart Boosts New NASA Plan

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2010/05/19 04:51 CDT

Apollo Astronaut Rusty Schweickart Boosts New NASA Plan

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Pretty picture: Messier 83

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/19 11:43 CDT

Pretty picture: Messier 83

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Opportunity: longest-lived landed Mars mission

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/19 10:26 CDT

Opportunity: longest-lived landed Mars mission

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The most amazing image of Enceladus Cassini has captured yet

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/19 01:05 CDT

The most amazing image of Enceladus Cassini has captured yet

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Science and Hollywood -- The Two Cultures Meet in Jim Cameron's Avatar

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2010/05/18 08:07 CDT

Science and Hollywood -- The Two Cultures Meet in Jim Cameron's Avatar

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