Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/13 09:23 CDT
Oh my wonderful little flying saucer, you have been to an asteroid and back -- and you were burning like a star last night! And there you are, sitting quietly in the desert, just waiting to be retrieved...
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/11 01:07 CDT
There's a new "planetary gromorphology image of the month" posted at the International Association of Geomorphologists' Planetary Geomorphology Working Group page, and it's a cool post about the shapes of the river networks on Titan.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/10 10:46 CDT
JAXA finally issued the formal announcement: they successfully expanded IKAROS' square sail!
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/09 04:34 CDT
I'm hereby posting a request that was sent earlier today to members of the Division of Planetary Sciences (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society by its chair, Candy Hansen.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/09 12:34 CDT
Hayabusa's final maneuver, a three-hour "firing" of its ion thrusters to fine-tune the spacecraft's trajectory toward Australia, was successful.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/09 09:19 CDT
Several pictures from the sail deployment monitoring cameras showed up on the IKAROS blog overnight.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/08 02:00 CDT
Amateur astronomers, get your proposals in for this year's round of Shoemaker NEO Grants!
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/08 11:32 CDT
Just a brief update on IKAROS: According to their blog, JAXA has decided to proceed with the final stage of IKAROS' sail deployment.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/07 05:32 CDT
Bill Nye the Science Guy® will take the helm as the new Executive Director of the Planetary Society.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/07 05:27 CDT
The Hayabusa spacecraft is about to die. On Sunday, June 13, at 14:00 UTC, Hayabusa will burn up in Earth's atmosphere, bringing its dramatic seven-year mission to an end.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/07 11:53 CDT
JAXA's end-of-Sunday update on IKAROS' status gives more details about an issue they are working on the spacecraft. The spacecraft itself is in perfect health, but its dynamics are different from what was expected.