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Catching up with Hayabusa

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2005/08/26 10:34 CDT

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

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Images from the August 2, 2005 MESSENGER Flyby of Earth

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2005/08/26 09:00 CDT

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

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A lack of information for a Deep Impact update

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2005/08/24 08:00 CDT

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 :)

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A couple of pretty Cassini photos from this week

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2005/08/20 09:06 CDT

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

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A little more Hyperion

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2005/08/18 08:35 CDT

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.

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Updates from Past Recipients of the Shoemaker NEO Grants

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2005/08/17 12:00 CDT

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.

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A launch delay for Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2005/08/09 12:57 CDT

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).

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2005/08/09 10:14 CDT

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

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A photo of MESSENGER

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2005/08/03 04:44 CDT

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.

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MESSENGER is getting close

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2005/08/01 12:57 CDT

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

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