Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2010/07/31 07:20 CDT
Well folks, I'm headed off to Big Sky Country tomorrow (aka Montana)! I'll start the week at the MSL camera team meeting, where I will get all sorts of cool news about the MastCam, MAHLI and MARDI cameras which I will not be able to share with you.
Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2010/07/31 12:00 CDT
Winter lingers in the southern hemisphere of the Red Planet, but the Sun is beginning to rise higher in the sky and temperatures are slowly rising, signs the Mars Exploration Rovers are heading into spring. While Spirit continued hibernating, Opportunity took in the warmth of the Sun, captured its first dust devil, and picked up the pace in Meridiani Planum on the long journey to Endeavour Crater. Together, the rovers marked six and a half years of exploration.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/30 04:29 CDT
Spirit hasn't talked to Earth since March 22 -- so what new information could they have received that would make them pronounce Spirit's possible death? Is there some new analysis of the last bit of telemetry? Some new model indicating Spirit's survival was less likely than previously thought?
Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/07/30 12:50 CDT
Yesterday, the Planetary Society issued a statement about the request that the U.S. House of Representatives suspend the rules when voting on the NASA Authorization bill, saying, in part, "The future of the space program is too important to rush through a controversial change in policy.
Posted by Jim Bell on 2010/07/30 11:04 CDT
If you've never seen a total eclipse of the Sun, make sure to put one on your bucket list!
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/29 04:22 CDT
It seems it'll be a relatively routine month for our solar system explorers (if one can ever consider the exploration of an entire solar system by billion-dollar artificially intelligent robots "routine!")
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/27 06:52 CDT
This news is no surprise, but I think it's the first such discovery I've heard of: the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) team has identified a new crater on the Moon, one that wasn't there when Apollo 15 flew over.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/26 11:07 CDT
During Friday's first roll for Curiosity, there was a lot of banter in the Ustream chat room about all the bunny-suited engineers waving at the cameras and mugging for portraits with the rover. One chat room member, "Mirek," said the engineer should -- well, you can see what he requested; just watch the video.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/23 03:41 CDT
I am such a nerd. This new map of Mars just brought tears to my eyes. Honestly.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/23 02:02 CDT
Tune in to Ustream right now to see Curiosity, the next Mars rover, on its wheels in the "High Bay" at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/22 09:09 CDT
The Saturn system is always in motion, always changing. Saturn itself is a gas giant, with swirling storms, and like the other gas giants it has a host of moons flying around, perturbing each other's motions. And then there's the rings.
Posted by Andre Bormanis on 2010/07/21 07:05 CDT
Exploring the current debate in the context of these three partnerships might help illuminate how future human expeditions beyond LEO will be carried out.tical partnerships for the future of human space exploration