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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity and Spirit Brave Global Dust Storm

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2007/07/31 12:00 CDT

It was to be a Martian summer to remember. Just one month ago, the Mars Exploration Rovers were set to embark on long-awaited adventures. At Meridiani Planum, Opportunity was preparing for its grand entrance into the magnificent Victoria Crater and on the other side of the planet Spirit was finally going to explore the top of Home Plate, an old, intriguing volcanic formation in the Gusev Crater area. Then a series of dust storms hit suddenly, it was a Martian summer to remember alright, but for far different, windswept reasons.

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Phoenix launch postponed one day

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/07/31 10:22 CDT

Phoenix launch postponed one day

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High tau for Spirit and Opportunity

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/07/30 12:26 CDT

Over the weekend I fiddled with the "tau" images that Mars Exploration Rover Pancam lead Jim Bell gave me, and I produced a couple of different ways to visualize the darkness of the rovers' skies.

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Where are you reading from?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/07/30 12:26 CDT

Where are you reading from?

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New launch date for Kaguya: September 13

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/07/29 11:15 CDT

New launch date for Kaguya: September 13

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Dust storm update: rovers still OK

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/07/27 06:37 CDT

Dust storm update: rovers still OK

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Stars Above, Earth Below: Appreciating Dark Skies

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/07/27 12:47 CDT

Stars Above, Earth Below: Appreciating Dark Skies

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A horrible day in space

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/07/27 11:51 CDT

A horrible day in space

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Jim Bell to be on NPR's Science Friday

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/07/26 11:46 CDT

Jim Bell to be on NPR's Science Friday

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The best view of Helene yet

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/07/26 09:44 CDT

The best view of Helene yet

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Venus as seen from two different spacecraft

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/07/25 05:08 CDT

Venus as seen from two different spacecraft

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A backlog of 400 emails: ESA and NASA; MGS failure; Iapetus; Saturn's D ring

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/07/25 12:24 CDT

A backlog of 400 emails: ESA and NASA; MGS failure; Iapetus; Saturn's D ring

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Canned Phoenix, anyone?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/07/24 12:11 CDT

Canned Phoenix, anyone?

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Mars Exploration Rovers update: Spirit and Opportunity are both still talking to Earth

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/07/23 05:04 CDT

Both Spirit and Opportunity are still suffering under incredibly dark skies, but, amazingly, they are both "power-positive," meaning that they are managing to produce enough power from the limited amount of sunlight to keep the batteries fully charged.

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Venus Express PFS fails to respond to a swift kick

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/07/23 11:55 CDT

Venus Express PFS fails to respond to a swift kick

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The 2007 Martian Dust Storm: Crisis for Some, Opportunity for Others

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/07/21 12:46 CDT

The 2007 Martian Dust Storm: Crisis for Some, Opportunity for Others

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Kaguya (SELENE) launch delayed

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/07/20 09:14 CDT

Kaguya (SELENE) launch delayed

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New moons at Saturn

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/07/19 05:39 CDT

New moons at Saturn

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Check out the twelfth Carnival of Space

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/07/19 09:39 CDT

Check out the twelfth Carnival of Space

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Yet another active world: Charon

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/07/18 05:14 CDT

I've just posted a news story on a recently published paper that suggests that Pluto's moon Charon may have active ice volcanoes.

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