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A Vesta rotation movie from Dawn!!

Emily Lakdawalla • June 13, 2011

What do you know! I spend my last pre-vacation post whining about the lack of image releases from Dawn as it approaches Vesta and what do I find in my Inbox on the morning of my return to work but: an image release from Dawn!

Europa on the Ropes

James Wray • June 11, 2011

For now, Mars continues to eclipse Jupiter's moon Europa (shown here to scale) in NASA's flagship mission plans, but not in its appeal to many planetary scientists.

Shuttle LIFE Organisms Return from Space

Bruce Betts • June 09, 2011

In the middle of the night on June 1, 2011, millions of passengers returned safely to Earth as part of the great conclusion to space shuttle Endeavour's last flight, STS-134. Many of those millions of passengers were part of the Planetary Society's Shuttle LIFE experiment. Five different kinds of creatures from all three domains of life are part of Shuttle LIFE.

Observing at the WIYN

Meg Schwamb • June 08, 2011

On May 5 and 6, I had a run on the WIYN (Wisconsin-Indiana-Yale-NOAO) telescope, a 3.5 m telescope, the second largest telescope on Kitt Peak in Arizona.

Summer Sights of the Solar System

Ray Sanders • June 07, 2011

What can you expect to see if you look at the night sky this summer (2011)?

Enjoy next week's guest bloggers; I'm going on vacation

Emily Lakdawalla • June 04, 2011

I am going "off the grid" for a week to attend the wedding of my only sibling to a talented and gorgeous young woman who I'm looking forward to having as a sister. It'll be a fun-filled weeklong family reunion and I just don't trust myself to participate in it to the fullest unless I leave my computer at home and vow not to even read my email.

A plea for more pictures from Dawn

Emily Lakdawalla • June 03, 2011

If you had asked me last year what I was most looking forward to in space in 2011, my answer would have been unhesitating: Dawn's approach to Vesta. Never in my adult life have I been able to follow a space mission as it discovered a large new world for the first time.

Color versions of the recent Titan & moon beauty shots

Emily Lakdawalla • June 02, 2011

Last week I got very excited about a set of pictures that had appeared on Cassini's raw images website, but was sad that I couldn't make color versions myself. I was so excited that I failed to identify the little icy moon in the picture correctly.

Welcome Home Shuttle LIFE and Space Shuttle Endeavour

Susan Lendroth • June 01, 2011

The Planetary Society welcomes home space shuttle Endeavour and the microscopic passengers it carried in Shuttle LIFE an experiment designed to test aspects of the transpermia hypothesis -- the ability of microbial life to survive an interplanetary voyage.

Two new views of Curiosity

Emily Lakdawalla • June 01, 2011

This week two cool new views of the next Mars rover appeared in the Jet Propulsion Lab's image database, the Planetary Photojournal. One was real, and one simulated; I've been waiting to see both for many months.

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