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Weekend treats from Cassini: Enceladus plumes plus bonus Tethys and Dione

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/14 06:52 CDT

Over the last couple of days Cassini flew past Enceladus, Tethys and Dione, so there are lots of treats to see on the raw images website! You should go check it out for yourself, but here are a couple of real favorites.

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2008 LC15, the first Trojan asteroid discovered in Neptune's L5 point

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/13 10:52 CDT

Congratulations to Scott Sheppard and Chad Trujillo for identifying the first known L5 Trojan asteroid of Neptune!

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New Pulsar Discovery Shows Power of Citizen Scientists and Planetary Society Members

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2010/08/12 05:15 CDT

Planetary Society members have reason to celebrate today, with the on-line publication in Science of the discovery of a new pulsar by three citizen-scientists working with Einstein@home, a descendant of the SETI@home project.

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Molar Tooth Texture

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2010/08/12 04:35 CDT

Ok, so remember the weird rock I showed in my Galcier Park geology post?

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Special note to scientists: Reach out through the DPS

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/12 11:10 CDT

This note was included in yesterday's newsletter to members of the American Astronomical Society's Division of Planetary Sciences, and I wanted to make sure that you scientists reading this blog didn't miss it.

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The Stardust Sample Catalog

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/12 11:10 CDT

It never ceases to amaze me how much science is being wrung out of the few grams of material that were returned to Earth by the Stardust mission.

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Report from the Exploration of Near-Earth Objects Objectives Workshop - Day 2

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2010/08/11 04:45 CDT

It's day 2 at NASA's Exploration of Near Earth Objects (NEO) Objectives workshop (ExploreNOW).

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Animation: Mars Express rising above the north pole

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/11 09:08 CDT

The "Mars Webcam" on Mars Express (otherwise known as the Visual Monitoring Camera or VMC) has just restarted sending images to Earth after a bit of a hiatus.

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Report from the Exploration of Near-Earth Objects Objectives Workshop

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2010/08/10 03:14 CDT

This week, Jennifer Vaughn and I are representing the Planetary Society at NASA's Exploration of Near-Earth Objects (NEO) Objectives Workshop, or ExploreNOW.

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How to Recognize Titan from Quite a Long Way Away

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/09 05:16 CDT

You know, I could fill this blog almost entirely with the amazing images that Gordan Ugarkovic locates, processes into prettiness, and uploads to his Flickr account.

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Last chance to sign Ray Bradbury's birthday card, and other business

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/09 04:48 CDT

Today is the very last day to add your name to the great big birthday card that The Planetary Society is sending to Ray Bradbury on the occasion of his 90th birthday (which will be on August 22)!

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The Geology of Glacier National Park: Part 1

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2010/08/08 04:35 CDT

Well, the field trip is over and I am happy to say that I was not eaten by any bears. They seemed much more interested in the huckleberries.

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Bill Nye Cuts the Ribbon at New Headquarters

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/06 04:33 CDT

We brought in the big scissors to inaugurate our new Planetary Society headquarters. Incoming Executive Director, Bill Nye, cut the red ribbon at the Open House held August 5, 2010.

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Cassini catches four little moons in motion

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/05 05:06 CDT

I've posted animations from Cassini before in which there are multiple moons moving around, but this is one of the coolest such sequences I've seen yet.

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The enigmatic mounds of Acidalia Planitia

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/04 04:18 CDT

Acidalia Planitia is a large basin in Mars' northern lowlands, a dark splotch visible even from Earth telescopes.

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Open House at our new headquarters with the rising Executive Director, Bill Nye

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/04 11:18 CDT

Tomorrow the Planetary Society is hosting an open house at our new headquarters, and that fact was front page news at our local newspaper, the Pasadena Star-News, this morning!

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Is Eberswalde Really a Smoking Gun?

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2010/08/03 07:20 CDT

The other day in Mars journal club, we took a look at a paper about the "fan" in Eberswalde crater. You may recognize this name: It is one of the four finalist landing sites for MSL.

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Some profiles of women in planetary science

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/03 05:18 CDT

It seems like a good time to feature the profiles of women space scientists that have been gracing the pages of Susan Niebur's Women in Planetary Science Blog.

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Goodies from the latest Cassini data release

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/02 05:50 CDT

I've spent a pleasurable hour or so browsing over the latest release of images from Cassini to the Planetary Data System.

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