Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/31 06:10 CDT
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.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/31 04:53 CDT
What's up in the solar system in September 2009: MESSENGER's 3rd Mercury flyby coming up!
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/31 11:59 CDT
Station Fire update: Mount Wilson Observatory still there, but still under threat
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/29 08:34 CDT
The Station Fire is near JPL and even closer to Mt. Wilson
Posted by Amir Alexander on 2009/08/27 12:00 CDT
If you were a member of an alien civilization trying to communicate across the immeasurable distances of space, how would you go about it?
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/26 05:45 CDT
Updates from the Arctic Mars Analogue Svalbard Expedition (AMASE)
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/26 02:03 CDT
"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?
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/24 07:30 CDT
Stephen Colbert: "It has been a true honor to make merciless fun of you this year."
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/24 12:37 CDT
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.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/21 04:59 CDT
Finally, I write about Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera photos
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/20 02:19 CDT
The July-August 2009 issue of The Planetary Report is out, with Buzz Aldrin