Emily Lakdawalla's blogs from 2006
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/11/02 09:35 CST
Alan Stern just posted a detailed update on the status of New Horizons in his PI's Perspective blog on the mission website.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/10/30 11:31 CST
Time's almost up to submit a photo to the New Horizons Digital Time Capsule!
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/07/12 06:01 CDT
We just issued a press release announcing that the deadline has been extended to enter photos into the New Horizons Digital Time Capsule.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/06/21 01:59 CDT
I just received a MESSENGER mission news update stating that the MESSENGER spacecraft, en route to Mercury via two Venus flybys, has passed another milestone on its long journey: it has, for the last time, passed from Earth's environs toward the inner solar system.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/06/15 03:06 CDT
New Horizons is spending the summer traversing the asteroid belt. I haven't written a lot about New Horizons lately because the mission has been going so uneventfully well. But now I've got something to write about: data!!
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/05/24 08:21 CDT
This item is a little bit old -- I missed it when it was announced last Monday. ESA issued a press release stating that "European ministers approve the Aurora Exploration Programme and give green light for the ExoMars mission."
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/05/07 08:10 CDT
After the political discussions of the morning, Mike Brown stood up to give the "highly subjective view of one ground-based astronomer," he said.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/05/07 08:09 CDT
During the first day of OPAG, the chair of the group, Fran Bagenal, was not present because she was participating in some rather important discussions taking place in Maryland.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/05/06 03:08 CDT
Following the mission- and science-focused presentations of the morning, there came two rather alarming presentations.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/05/04 08:51 CDT
Before I get to my notes from OPAG I want to minimally acknowledge today's news, which I'll have to get to in more detail later.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/05/01 06:54 CDT
I just wanted to point out a couple of new items on the website.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/04/06 02:02 CDT
Today is the day that New Horizons passes Mars' orbit (not that Mars is anywhere close to New Horizons right now).
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/03/20 03:30 CST
LPSC: Thursday: Can bugs get from Earth to Europa?
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/03/18 12:07 CST
LPSC: Thursday: The Moons of Jupiter and the future of Outer Planet Exploration
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/03/17 09:07 CST
I said earlier I was going to cover the poster sessions next, and there are some cool things that I want to write about, but I thought I'd better get to something a bit more topical a bit sooner: Europa and the other Galilean satellites, and when (if!?) we'll be exploring them again.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/03/08 10:48 CST
They held the usual pre-arrival press conference this morning for Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. This press conference typically doesn't convey any information that people who have been paying attention don't already know.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/02/07 11:00 CST
Saturn is surrounded by a crowded family of rings and moons, and two of those moons -- Epimetheus and Janus -- orbit Saturn so close together that it seems as though their different orbital speeds should make them crash into each other.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/01/18 03:28 CST
I was looking at that table of launch times for New Horizons and realized that the table included another valuable column of data that I hadn't noticed before: it tells you what year New Horizons will arrive, for each of the possible launch dates.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/01/17 10:59 CST
OK, here's the final timeline for today.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/01/17 09:16 CST
The launch time has been changed to 13:45 eastern time because of the LOX valve and the winds. Here's a new timeline based on that launch time.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/01/17 07:25 CST
Last night Amir Alexander posted a very thorough pre-launch news story on New Horizons, "New Horizons Set to Launch on 9 Year Voyage to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt." There are lots of details in there I haven't read anywhere else.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/01/09 06:54 CST
Over the weekend, New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern posted a new "P.I. Perspective" on the official website, and it contained some interesting facts about what's planned for the days immediately following New Horizons' launch.
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