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From the Solar Sail Symposium in New York

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/07/21 10:01 CDT

This week, Bill Nye and I are attending the International Solar Sail Symposium at the New York College of Technology.

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Volcanism across the solar system: Io

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/20 05:33 CDT

Three months ago, grandiosely, I announced that I was going to survey volcanism across the solar system, and I began the journey on Earth. Then I failed to follow up.

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Facebook conversion

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/20 05:31 CDT

I both love and hate Facebook. It's enabled me to reconnect personally with lots of long-lost friends from high-school and college, not just virtually but also helping me meet up with people as I travel. But despite the proliferation of Facebook presences of space missions and NASA centers, I've found it next to useless professionally.

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The 163rd Carnival of Space is here at The Planetary Society Blog

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/19 01:38 CDT

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up to the greatest show off of Earth!

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A bull's eye on the Moon

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/16 03:18 CDT

Orientale is the youngest large impact basin on the Moon, which means that very little of it has been obliterated by later impacts.

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How does Lutetia compare to the other asteroids and comets visited by spacecraft?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/15 04:33 CDT

Almost a week after Rosetta flew past Lutetia, the asteroid is now a distant pinprick of light to the spacecraft, and the science team is getting down to the business of analyzing their data.

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Urgent action required: Please call Senators TODAY

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/07/14 11:56 CDT

It's time to make phone calls to support space exploration. We're sending the following letter to all our members today, and urge everyone reading this to pick up the phone and take action.

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Carnival of Space #162

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/13 06:31 CDT

The 162nd Carnival of Space is live over at Skymania, so go check it out!

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Cassini eyes Janus

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/13 01:56 CDT

Four times a year, the Cassini mission releases three months' worth of data gathered from Saturn and its moons to NASA's Planetary Data System.

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Observing the Martian Atmosphere for Two Mars Years

Posted by David Kass on 2010/07/13 12:00 CDT

June 29, 2010 was the second Martian anniversary of the start of Mars Climate Sounder (MCS) observations at Mars.

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3D Anaglyph: Troughs or vents in Cerberus Fossae?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/12 12:55 CDT

OK, it's time to look silly in your red-blue glasses again! When Tanya Harrison sent me those awesome 3D views of Olympica Fossae from Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's CTX camera, she sent me two other sets of 3D landscapes on Mars.

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Rosetta's Lutetia pictures

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/11 12:17 CDT

I saw these pictures for the first time just 10 minutes before boarding my flight back home, and forced myself to download everything I could find as quickly as possible without pausing to actually look at them.

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Lutetia -- and Saturn!!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/10 04:32 CDT

A quick post of just one of the gorgeous images from Rosetta's flyby of Lutetia today; for more, see the Rosetta Blog. But this one was just too pretty to wait for.

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Rosetta Lutetia flyby successful; approach images posted; high-res images yet to come

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/10 01:47 CDT

All appears to be going very smoothly on Rosetta through, and after, its flyby today of asteroid (21) Lutetia.

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Where to watch the Rosetta flyby of Lutetia

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/10 09:05 CDT

A quick post to gather information on where to watch the events of today's flyby of asteroid (21) Lutetia by Rosetta.

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JAXA confirms acceleration of IKAROS solar sail by photon pressure

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/07/09 02:15 CDT | 1 comments

The Japanese space agency reported on their web site today that acceleration of the IKAROS spacecraft by solar pressure has been confirmed.

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Rosetta's Lutetia navigation campaign complete

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/09 01:53 CDT

Rosetta's most important job over the last few months has been to observe how the position of asteroid (21) Lutetia shifts against the background of fixed (fixed, that is, as far as Rosetta can see) stars.

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Where my stories come from

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/08 10:23 CDT

The stories I write about originate in space, of course, but as I was wrestling with what to write about in the couple of weeks before my vacation, it occurred to me that a lot of you might not know what tends to trigger space writers to choose what to write about.

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A brush painting for Hayabusa

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/07 03:16 CDT

Upon James Aldridge's return from Japan, he posted several albums worth of amazing photos, including several of their calligraphy instructor, well-known artist Aiko Tanaka, creating a gestural brush painting to commemorate Hayabusa's return.

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Three days to Lutetia for Rosetta!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/07 08:34 CDT

On July 10, 2010, at 15:44:56 UTC, the Rosetta spacecraft will fly within 3,162 kilometers of the largest asteroid yet visited by a spacecraft.

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