Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/06 05:08 CDT
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.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/04 02:37 CDT
The Planetary Society today issued this statement congratulating SpaceX on the test flight of Falcon 9.
The impact flash on Jupiter observed earlier today by Anthony Wesley has been confirmed by Philippines-based amateur astronomer Christopher Go.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/03 05:51 CDT
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.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/03 04:58 CDT
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.
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.