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IKAROS sail deployment delayed until at least Tuesday

Emily Lakdawalla • June 06, 2010

This is just a brief update to yesterday's post to add a few sentences that Lou wanted to hold until JAXA had had a chance to issue an official statement.

Taking things slowly with IKAROS sail deployment

Louis D. Friedman • June 05, 2010

Planetary Society Executive Director Lou Friedman was at JAXA's Japanese Space Exploration Center to observe the deployment of IKAROS' solar sails.

Planetary Society Hails Falcon 9 Test as Great Achievement

Emily Lakdawalla • June 04, 2010

The Planetary Society today issued this statement congratulating SpaceX on the test flight of Falcon 9.

Falcon 9's first launch successful!

Emily Lakdawalla • June 04, 2010

Just a brief note to congratulate Elon Musk and SpaceX on the successful launch of their Falcon 9 rocket on its first attempt today!

The June 3 Jupiter Impact: 22 hours later

Emily Lakdawalla • June 04, 2010

Time to take stock of what happened a day ago. The worldwide, round-the-clock nature of planetary science is both exhilarating and challenging!

IKAROS sail deployment proceeding

Louis D. Friedman • June 04, 2010

Planetary Society Executive Director Lou Friedman is at JAXA's Japanese Space Exploration Center to observe the deployment of IKAROS' solar sails.

Confirmation of the Jupiter impact from Christopher Go

Emily Lakdawalla • June 03, 2010

The impact flash on Jupiter observed earlier today by Anthony Wesley has been confirmed by Philippines-based amateur astronomer Christopher Go.

A NEW! Impact on Jupiter

Emily Lakdawalla • June 03, 2010

On the same day as a team of astronomers released new Hubble Space Telescope images of last year's Jupiter impact, the original discoverer of the 2009 impact scar, Anthony Wesley, reported on an amateur astronomy forum that he had observed a new impact on Jupiter.

Falcon 9 ready for first flight

Emily Lakdawalla • June 03, 2010

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket is poised for its maiden flight tomorrow, Friday, June 4, between 11:00 and 15:00 Eastern time.

Lou Friedman is "our man in Japan" to watch IKAROS sail deployment

Emily Lakdawalla • June 03, 2010

Planetary Society Executive Director Lou Friedman is now in Japan, joining the rest of the IKAROS team to watch the eagerly anticipated deployment of its solar sails.

Phoenix is dead...long live Phoenix!

Emily Lakdawalla and Bruce Betts • June 02, 2010

The latest HiRISE images of the Phoenix polar lander, taken near Mars' northern summer solstice, show why we haven't heard from the spacecraft since it fell silent on November 2, 2008: it appears the solar panels have collapsed.

An Astronaut's-Eye View of Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • June 02, 2010

An Astronaut's-Eye View of Mars

What's up in the solar system in June 2010

Emily Lakdawalla • June 01, 2010

The greatest drama in June 2010 will come from two Japanese missions.

Dawn Journal: Surveying Vesta

Marc Rayman • June 01, 2010

After more than 2.5 years of spaceflight, and more than 6 months in the asteroid belt, Dawn's interplanetary journey continues smoothly.

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