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Exploring Mars on Earth: The Arctic Mars Analog Svalbard Expedition

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.

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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 04:53 CDT

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

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Carnival of Space #118

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/31 12:59 CDT

Carnival of Space #118

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

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2009/08/31 12:00 CDT | 1 comment

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.

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/31 11:59 CDT

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

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/29 08:34 CDT

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

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Chandrayaan-1 lost

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/29 10:29 CDT

Chandrayaan-1 lost

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My Tweets this week

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/28 05:01 CDT

My Tweets this week

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"WISE Guys"

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/27 02:58 CDT

"WISE Guys"

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

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?

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Updates from the Arctic Mars Analogue Svalbard Expedition (AMASE)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/26 05:45 CDT

Updates from the Arctic Mars Analogue Svalbard Expedition (AMASE)

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Happy 3rd anniversary of the Spirit landing!

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.

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/25 02:27 CDT

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

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/24 11:10 CDT

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

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

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."

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A sunset into the dust

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.

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Carnival of Space #117

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/24 09:50 CDT

Carnival of Space #117

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A week of Tweets

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/21 05:10 CDT

A week of Tweets

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Finally, I write about Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera photos

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/21 04:59 CDT

Finally, I write about Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera photos

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Dawn on the northern face of Saturn's rings

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/20 02:51 CDT

Dawn on the northern face of Saturn's rings

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