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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

It turns out that Saturn's not the only place that displays geometrical shapes in its atmosphere. Earth does too.

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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

There's a name for that funny hummocky texture to the lunar landscape: "elephant skin."

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LightSail 1 Passes Critical Design Review

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

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 Bill Nye on 2010/06/25 11:56 CDT

Bill gives an introduction about his feelings on his new position here at The Planetary Society.

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

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

Or: Emily reads you the table of contents of Icarus.

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Sunrise on Mars

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

Here is a photo crafted from data that are nearly as old as I am, showing a beautiful 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

In February, the Chandrayaan-1 science team had a meeting in Ahmedabad, India, to share their results with each other.

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Going on vacation

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

Tomorrow the family heads away from home for three weeks, two weeks of which I plan not to work at all.

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Two moons making waves in the rings

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

Just a pretty picture post, a dramatic Cassini shot on the outer edge of the A ring captured earlier this month.

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Lutetia in Rosetta's sights

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

It's unimpressive now, but in a few weeks the pinpoint of light at the center of this photo of a starry sky will loom very large to Rosetta's cameras.

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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

Speaking of spacecraft crashing...

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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

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.

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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

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.

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Hayabusa update: Capsule retrieved, heat shield found

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!

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Hayabusa sample capsule photographed on the ground in Australia

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...

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Hayabusa's return: a review

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/13 04:47 CDT

Hayabusa's return: round up some of the amazing photos, movies, and artworks that were posted and shared and Tweeted and re-Tweeted over the previous dozen hours or so.

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