Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/24 10:53 CDT
Or: Emily reads you the table of contents of Icarus.
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?
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.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/14 06:16 CDT
Covering the events of Hayabusa's return involved a lot of watching and waiting. Rather than go blind staring at my computer and cause carpal tunnel syndrome by excessively clicking the refresh button, I decided to...go blind and develop carpal tunnel syndrome by doing some crocheting.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/14 04:39 CDT
Here are a few photos from a Flickr gallery from the Australian Science Media Centre documenting the Hayabusa sample capsule's first step in its journey from Australia to Sagamihara, Japan, where it will arrive on Friday.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/14 09:20 CDT
The major news on the Hayabusa mission this morning is that JAXA has retrieved the sample capsule!
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...