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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Spirit Slides Across Home Plate as Opportunity Digs in at Victoria Crater

A.J.S. Rayl • September 30, 2007

It might not be the stuff of Broadway musicals, but the Sun and did "come out tomorrow" on Mars. Just eight weeks after dust from severe storms darkened the Martian skies and threatened their solar-powered lives, the Mars Exploration Rovers finished dusting off as much as possible and took off on their long-anticipated expeditions this month, with Spirit roving onto an old volcanic formation called Home Plate and Opportunity cruising into Victoria Crater.

Who's got the biggest panels?

Emily Lakdawalla • September 28, 2007

Who's got the biggest panels?

Dawn launch: Solar arrays deployed

Emily Lakdawalla • September 27, 2007

Dawn launch: Solar arrays deployed

One more cool Dawn launch photo

Emily Lakdawalla • September 27, 2007

One more cool Dawn launch photo

Dawn Launch: A Brilliant Flash and a Thunderous Roar!

Ken Kremer • September 27, 2007

At 7:34 a.m. EDT the Delta II Heavy roared off launch pad 17 B at Cape Canaveral with a brilliant flash of glowing orange light and billowing white smoke.

Successful launch for Dawn!

Emily Lakdawalla • September 27, 2007

Successful launch for Dawn!

Good luck, Dawn!

Emily Lakdawalla • September 27, 2007

Good luck, Dawn!

Dawn launch: T minus 1 day: Up close at the Delta II launch pad

Emily Lakdawalla • September 27, 2007

Dawn launch: T minus 1 day: Up close at the Delta II launch pad

Dawn launch: Go Dawn, go Delta!

Emily Lakdawalla • September 26, 2007

Dawn launch: Go Dawn, go Delta!

Dawn launch: One-on-one with Marc Rayman at Kennedy Space Center

Emily Lakdawalla • September 26, 2007

Dawn launch: One-on-one with Marc Rayman at Kennedy Space Center

New Horizons now aimed directly at Pluto

Emily Lakdawalla • September 25, 2007

This afternoon Alan Stern posted to unmannedspaceflight.com that New Horizons has successfully completed the trajectory correction maneuver that lines the spacecraft up for its July 14, 2015 encounter with Pluto.

Observing Dawn from Hawaii and Alaska

Emily Lakdawalla • September 25, 2007

Observing Dawn from Hawaii and Alaska

Update on Cassini's safing situation

Emily Lakdawalla • September 24, 2007

Update on Cassini's safing situation

New stuff on the website

Emily Lakdawalla • September 24, 2007

New stuff on the website

Dawn launch: Delayed to September 27

Emily Lakdawalla • September 24, 2007

Dawn launch: Delayed to September 27

Dawn launch: Go for fueling!

Emily Lakdawalla • September 22, 2007

Dawn launch: Go for fueling!

Dawn Journal: Awaiting Launch II

Marc Rayman • September 21, 2007

The countdown is underway for Dawn's liftoff on September 26 at 7:25:00 am EDT. This is the second time our hero has been within a few days of launch.

New names for some irregular Saturnian moons

Emily Lakdawalla • September 20, 2007

New names for some irregular Saturnian moons

Iapetus' "Voyager Mountains"

Emily Lakdawalla • September 20, 2007

Iapetus' "Voyager Mountains"

Fire fountain amid heavenly fires

Emily Lakdawalla • September 20, 2007

Fire fountain amid heavenly fires

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