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