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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Spirit Rests on Big Find, Opportunity Finishes Half-Marathon on Way to Endeavour

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2010/06/30 12:00 CDT

With winter still freezing the southern hemisphere of Mars, June might have been an uneventful month for your average working robot, but not the Mars Exploration Rovers (MERs). In fact, from the sounds of silence to a major discovery to an injury scare, the rovers' latest trials, tribulations and achievements, have turned the last four weeks into something of an emotional roller-coaster for some members of the MER team.

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Dawn Journal: Dawn 9.0

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2010/06/30 08:24 CDT

A new version of the Dawn spacecraft is continuing the ambitious journey through the asteroid belt to uncharted distant worlds.

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Saturn's hexagon is not unique

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/29 11:49 CDT

Saturn's hexagon is not unique

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LightSail-1 Passes Critical Design Review

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/06/28 05:01 CDT

LightSail-1, the Planetary Society's new ultra-light Cubesat-based solar sail spacecraft, has passed its Critical Design Review.

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Elephant Skin on the Moon

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/28 11:23 CDT

Elephant Skin on the Moon

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LightSail-1 Passes Critical Design Review

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/06/25 12:00 CDT | 1 comment

LightSail-1, the Planetary Society's new ultra-light Cubesat-based solar sail spacecraft, has passed its Critical Design Review.

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Bill Takes a Job

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/25 11:56 CDT

Bill Takes a Job

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One month, one journal, so many missed space stories!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/24 10:53 CDT

One month, one journal, so many missed space stories!

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Sunrise on Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/23 10:50 CDT

Sunrise on Mars

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Likely candidate for an un-collapsed lava tube

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/21 03:11 CDT

Likely candidate for an un-collapsed lava tube

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Going on vacation

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/18 04:35 CDT

Going on vacation

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Two moons making waves in the rings

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/18 11:22 CDT

Two moons making waves in the rings

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Lutetia in Rosetta's sights

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/17 01:31 CDT

Lutetia in Rosetta's sights

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Spirit Team Announces Major Water Discovery

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2010/06/17 12:00 CDT

Mars Exploration Rover Spirit continued to hibernate this month, parked in place near an old volcanic formation called Home Plate. At the same time though she managed to rove back into the planetary exploration spotlight when a group of the mission scientists announced they had found -- in data from an outcrop the rover visited more than four years ago -- evidence for a past watery environment more suitable for life than any other either Spirit or Opportunity have found, a place where near-pure water existed. 1

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Jupiter's faded belt: It's happened before, and it'll happen again

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/16 05:07 CDT

When I wrote a post about Jupiter's missing South Equatorial Belt in May, I had three main questions: how long did it take for the belt to go away, has this happened before, and how can a planet as big as Jupiter change its appearance so quickly?

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IKAROS' deployable camera captures perfect sail photos and animation!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/15 08:50 CDT

We've already seen IKAROS' view of its deployed sails from cameras attached to the spacecraft, but, in a brilliant idea, the Japanese built IKAROS with two deployable cameras that could view the thing from a distance.

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Is this SMART-1's impact site?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/15 12:44 CDT

Is this SMART-1's impact site?

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Amigurumi: How I channeled my adrenaline while watching Hayabusa's return

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/14 06:16 CDT

Amigurumi: How I channeled my adrenaline while watching Hayabusa's return

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Hayabusa update: First step for sample capsule return to Japan

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/14 04:39 CDT

Hayabusa update: First step for sample capsule return to Japan

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Hayabusa update: Capsule retrieved, heat shield found

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/14 09:20 CDT

Hayabusa update: Capsule retrieved, heat shield found

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