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Catching up with Hayabusa

Emily Lakdawalla • August 26, 2005

Hayabusa (formerly known as MUSES-C) is getting very, very close to its target asteroid Itokawa, and should be arriving soon!

Images from the August 2, 2005 MESSENGER Flyby of Earth

Emily Lakdawalla • August 26, 2005

On August 2, 2005, MESSENGER flew by Earth at an altitude of a mere 2,347 kilometers above Mongolia.

A lack of information for a Deep Impact update

Emily Lakdawalla • August 24, 2005

I had very much hoped to be able to post an update about the Deep Impact mission this week, but it looks like my various sources are keeping very very quiet (or maybe they are just tired of me pestering them :)

A couple of pretty Cassini photos from this week

Emily Lakdawalla • August 20, 2005

First, here's a nice shot of Epimetheus, which was taken about a month ago.

A little more Hyperion

Emily Lakdawalla • August 18, 2005

Checking the Cassini raw images website, I found quite a few more images of Hyperion this morning. It looks like Cassini had a leisurely flyby of the little moon from roughly 700,000 kilometers' distance.

Updates from Past Recipients of the Shoemaker NEO Grants

Bruce Betts • August 17, 2005

Update as of July 28, 2005 Following last year's Potentially Hazardous Asteroid and a few other non-main-belt discoveries, I looked into what improvements I could make to more efficiently image the sky. The major advance involved the design of a 3-lens corrector comprising 2 stock lenses and a custom lens I made myself.

A launch delay for Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Emily Lakdawalla • August 09, 2005

The Space Shuttle couldn't land at Kennedy Space Center today because of concerns about weather, so I have been expecting a launch delay to be announced for Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Indeed, a 24-hour delay has just been announced; the new launch date is Thursday, August 11 from 7:50 to 9:35 a.m. EDT (11:50 to 13:35 UTC).

I didn't watch the Shuttle land -- but I sure noticed when it did!

Emily Lakdawalla • August 09, 2005

I didn't watch the Shuttle land -- but I sure noticed when it did!

A photo of MESSENGER

Emily Lakdawalla • August 03, 2005

I was browsing the MESSENGER website just now, and found a neat photo. It's a picture of MESSENGER as seen from Earth when it flew by yesterday.

MESSENGER is getting close

Emily Lakdawalla • August 01, 2005

MESSENGER is now returning images as it is bearing down on Earth.

astronaut on Phobos
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