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Exploring Mars on Earth: The Arctic Mars Analog Svalbard Expedition

Emily Lakdawalla • August 31, 2009

High in the Arctic, just below Earth's north polar ice cap, biologists, geologists, and engineers come together in Svalbard every August to practice and prepare for an expedition to Mars.

What's up in the solar system in September 2009: MESSENGER's 3rd Mercury flyby coming up!

Emily Lakdawalla • August 31, 2009

What's up in the solar system in September 2009: MESSENGER's 3rd Mercury flyby coming up!

Carnival of Space #118

Emily Lakdawalla • August 31, 2009

Carnival of Space #118

Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Spirit Celebrates 3 Martian Years, Opportunity Finds Blockbuster in Block Island

A.J.S. Rayl • August 31, 2009

The Mars Exploration Rovers hunkered down in place in August and delivered more mission "gold" as they achieved new milestones and uncovered more scientific gems, not the least of which was a blockbuster of a meteorite. But August proved to be a stormy month, uniquely challenging and one that many on the Mars Exploration Team will never forget.

Station Fire update: Mount Wilson Observatory still there, but still under threat

Emily Lakdawalla • August 31, 2009

Station Fire update: Mount Wilson Observatory still there, but still under threat

The Station Fire is near JPL and even closer to Mt. Wilson

Emily Lakdawalla • August 29, 2009

The Station Fire is near JPL and even closer to Mt. Wilson

Chandrayaan-1 lost

Emily Lakdawalla • August 29, 2009

Chandrayaan-1 lost

My Tweets this week

Emily Lakdawalla • August 28, 2009

My Tweets this week

"WISE Guys"

Emily Lakdawalla • August 27, 2009

"WISE Guys"

Astropulse: A Fresh Look at the Skies in Search of E.T.

Amir Alexander • August 27, 2009

If you were a member of an alien civilization trying to communicate across the immeasurable distances of space, how would you go about it?

Updates from the Arctic Mars Analogue Svalbard Expedition (AMASE)

Emily Lakdawalla • August 26, 2009

Updates from the Arctic Mars Analogue Svalbard Expedition (AMASE)

Happy 3rd anniversary of the Spirit landing!

Emily Lakdawalla • August 26, 2009

"Third anniversary?" some of you may be asking. "Hasn't it been more like five years since Spirit landed?" Five Earth years, yes. But today is the third anniversary of the landing, measured in Mars years.

Planetary Radio Q and A: Why isn't New Horizons stopping at Pluto?

Emily Lakdawalla • August 25, 2009

Planetary Radio Q and A: Why isn't New Horizons stopping at Pluto?

"Mama, there's something out the window!"

Emily Lakdawalla • August 24, 2009

"Mama, there's something out the window!"

Stephen Colbert: "It has been a true honor to make merciless fun of you this year."

Emily Lakdawalla • August 24, 2009

Stephen Colbert: "It has been a true honor to make merciless fun of you this year."

A sunset into the dust

Emily Lakdawalla • August 24, 2009

While Spirit has been stuck at Troy, it's been taking numerous opportunities to capture photos with dramatic twilight lighting. On sol 2,002 (three sols ago, or August 21), it gazed toward the setting Sun, snapping the shutter roughly once a minute.

Carnival of Space #117

Emily Lakdawalla • August 24, 2009

Carnival of Space #117

A week of Tweets

Emily Lakdawalla • August 21, 2009

A week of Tweets

Finally, I write about Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera photos

Emily Lakdawalla • August 21, 2009

Finally, I write about Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera photos

Dawn on the northern face of Saturn's rings

Emily Lakdawalla • August 20, 2009

Dawn on the northern face of Saturn's rings

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