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Venus: Not so neat and tidy as we thought

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/23 12:12 CDT

Pioneer Venus discovered a stable "dipole" near Venus' north pole, and Venus Express found the same thing near Venus' south pole. Except now Venus Express has found it's not as stable as once thought.

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Opportunity rolls up to Oileán Ruaidh

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/22 05:17 CDT

Opportunity is continuing to make tracks toward Endeavour crater, but just because she's got a goal for her road trip doesn't mean she won't stop and smell the flowers from time to time. Er, did I say "flowers?" I meant "meteorites."

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Deep Impact approaching Hartley 2

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/22 04:23 CDT

The Deep Impact spacecraft team has released a third image from their approach to comet Hartley 2, and for me, three images is an invitation to make an animation!

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Pretty picture: Europa and Jupiter

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/21 05:29 CDT

Photos like this always make me think about how unimportant size is in determining whether one of the worlds of the solar system is an exciting place.

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Seeing Curiosity

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/20 04:32 CDT

I've been itching to get back to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to get a good look at Curiosity, the next Mars rover.

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It's International Observe the Moon Night

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/18 05:06 CDT

Hey everybody, go out and look up at the Moon! It's International Observe the Moon night.

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An unusual Hubble photo of Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/17 05:20 CDT

Amateur image magician Ted Stryk dug up this lovely view of Mars, captured on May 9, 2003 by the Hubble Space Telescope. This photo is unusual for its relatively high phase.

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Beyond Earth T-shirt features 23 space missions

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/17 11:19 CDT | 4 comments

Let other geeks have their T-shirts with fictional space explorers -- now you can emblazon your chest with 23 space missions that have really explored space!

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Gale Crater Geomorphology Paper - Published!

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2010/09/16 07:20 CDT

Big news folks! The huge paper that I've been working on for the last couple years is finally, unbelievably, published!

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Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter press briefing: silicic volcanoes on the Moon

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/16 01:56 CDT

I'm listening to a press briefing from several members of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter science team, regarding three papers published today in Science.

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Update from the Ozma@50 Workshop

Posted by Jon Lomberg on 2010/09/16 01:07 CDT

Frank Drake used the 85' radio telescope at Green Bank to conduct the first modern Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence in 1960. Using a very simple receiver and no computers, he listened to each of two sunlike stars for 100 seconds. Call that unit 1 Ozma.

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Opportunity's rocky road ahead, good news for an aging rover

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/15 04:38 CDT

What a difference a couple of months of driving make. Here's the sort of view of the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's road ahead that I'm accustomed to, taken two months ago.

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Mars As Art

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/15 12:41 CDT

Attention Mars data trawlers! NASA Headquarters is looking for community input on an exhibition and book of "Mars As Art."

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The Voyager Mission Updates

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/14 01:39 CDT

We take for granted now the ability to get detailed mission updates in a timely fashion via the Web. But How did people get their mission status before the Web?

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Carnival of Space #169

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/14 01:29 CDT

The 169th Carnival of Space is live over at Next Big Future. Check it out!

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More from the Ozma@50 Workshop

Posted by Jon Lomberg on 2010/09/14 12:22 CDT

Today's sessions at the Ozma@50 conference stretched the mind as these multidisciplinary gatherings usually do.

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Book review: Older Than the Stars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/14 11:15 CDT

Older Than the Stars is a book about Big Bang cosmology, solar system formation, and human evolution for young children.

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Browse the Cassini RPWS data set

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/13 03:14 CDT

Periodically, usually after I've posted some images pulled out of an image archive, a reader asks me: "What about all the non-image data? Are those public too?" The answer is yes.

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Mars Exploration Challenge Launches Today

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2010/09/13 11:49 CDT

The explorers who will someday walk on Mars are in school today. Exactly who they are, we don't yet know. But we do know that they are among the students who are captivated by the wonders of science and the challenges of engineering.

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365 Days of Astronomy Podcast: The Flight of Hayabusa

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/12 10:50 CDT

Today the 365 Days of Astronomy podcast aired my contribution, The Flight of Hayabusa, a recap of that dramatic mission.

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