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Emily Lakdawalla's blogs from 2007

Happy 2008!

Emily Lakdawalla • December 31, 2007

Happy 2008!

Deep Impact snatches science data from Earth-Moon flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • December 31, 2007

Deep Impact snatches science data from Earth-Moon flyby

Deep Impact spotted

Emily Lakdawalla • December 30, 2007

Deep Impact spotted

Kaguya has begun science operations

Emily Lakdawalla • December 28, 2007

Kaguya has begun science operations

Potential Mars impactor update

Emily Lakdawalla • December 27, 2007

Potential Mars impactor update

The Year in Pictures 2007

Emily Lakdawalla • December 26, 2007

The Year in Pictures 2007

Merry Christmas

Emily Lakdawalla • December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

Another blast from Galileo's past: Europa

Emily Lakdawalla • December 24, 2007

Another blast from Galileo's past: Europa

Alert the Martian Defense Force!

Emily Lakdawalla • December 21, 2007

Alert the Martian Defense Force!

NASA announces delay of Mars Scout launch until 2013

Emily Lakdawalla • December 21, 2007

NASA announces delay of Mars Scout launch until 2013

Hubble shots from Mars' 2007 opposition

Emily Lakdawalla • December 20, 2007

Hubble shots from Mars' 2007 opposition

Saving Our Science

Emily Lakdawalla • December 18, 2007

Saving Our Science

New views from Galileo

Emily Lakdawalla • December 17, 2007

New views from Galileo

A dusty start to Spirit's winter

Emily Lakdawalla • December 14, 2007

Dust from the sky has settled on both the rover deck and the surrounding landscape. The dust-covered solar cells will not be able to generate as much power as when they were clean. Unless a puff of wind dusts off the solar panels, Spirit may have difficulty surviving the approaching Martian winter.

Deep Impact update

Emily Lakdawalla • December 14, 2007

Deep Impact update

Get your Year in Pictures 2007 Calendar now!

Emily Lakdawalla • December 14, 2007

Get your Year in Pictures 2007 Calendar now!

Planetary Report erratum

Emily Lakdawalla • December 13, 2007

Planetary Report erratum

Carnival of Space #33

Emily Lakdawalla • December 13, 2007

Carnival of Space #33

New images from Chang'e 1

Emily Lakdawalla • December 13, 2007

New images from Chang'e 1

Watching changes near Mars' south polar cap

Emily Lakdawalla • December 12, 2007

Watching changes near Mars' south polar cap

Science should advise public policy

Emily Lakdawalla • December 12, 2007

Science should advise public policy

Anybody want to nominate me?

Emily Lakdawalla • December 11, 2007

Anybody want to nominate me?

Voyager in the Kitchen Sink

Emily Lakdawalla • December 10, 2007

Voyager in the Kitchen Sink

It's the first day of spring on the northern hemisphere of Uranus

Emily Lakdawalla • December 07, 2007

It's the first day of spring on the northern hemisphere of Uranus

More on the Chang'e image flap

Emily Lakdawalla • December 06, 2007

More on the Chang'e image flap

Carnival of Space #32

Emily Lakdawalla • December 06, 2007

Carnival of Space #32

Some Genesis results

Emily Lakdawalla • December 05, 2007

Some Genesis results

Epimetheus

Emily Lakdawalla • December 04, 2007

Epimetheus

No, the Chang'e image isn't fake! -- but there's no new feature in it, either

Emily Lakdawalla • December 03, 2007

No, the Chang'e image isn't fake! -- but there's no new feature in it, either

Flipping Earth

Emily Lakdawalla • November 30, 2007

Flipping Earth

How to buy a telescope

Emily Lakdawalla • November 29, 2007

How to buy a telescope

New Kaguya images

Emily Lakdawalla • November 28, 2007

New Kaguya images

CRISM spots Phobos and Deimos

Emily Lakdawalla • November 28, 2007

CRISM spots Phobos and Deimos

The Deep Impact extended mission is going to take a little longer

Emily Lakdawalla • November 27, 2007

The Deep Impact extended mission is going to take a little longer

Chang'e 1 returns its first image from the Moon

Emily Lakdawalla • November 27, 2007

Chang'e 1 returns its first image from the Moon

"Return of the Falcon," a new animation of the Hayabusa mission

Emily Lakdawalla • November 26, 2007

JAXA has released a 30-minute video of the Hayabusa mission, "Return of the Falcon," combining computer animation with actual footage of the construction and launch as well as images from the spacecraft of Itokawa.

A carnival and an anniversary

Emily Lakdawalla • November 26, 2007

A carnival and an anniversary

Thanksgiving and new stuff on our website

Emily Lakdawalla • November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving and new stuff on our website

Seeing Earth rise and set from the Moon

Emily Lakdawalla • November 20, 2007

Seeing Earth rise and set from the Moon

ExoMars landing site downselections

Emily Lakdawalla • November 19, 2007

It hasn't been that long since the Mars Science Laboratory landing site downselection meeting; it was quickly followed by a meeting in Europe on ExoMars, which is currently planned for a 2011 launch.

Son of Rosetta

Emily Lakdawalla • November 16, 2007

Son of Rosetta

Carnival of Space #29

Emily Lakdawalla • November 15, 2007

Carnival of Space #29

No descent images or sounds from Phoenix

Emily Lakdawalla • November 15, 2007

A couple of days ago Malin Space Science Systems (MSSS) issued a news notice that explains some of the horse-trading that went on behind the scenes to rescue MARDI, the descent imaging camera that they are building for the Mars Science Laboratory rover.

Rosetta's Earth flyby successful; and they got pictures too!

Emily Lakdawalla • November 14, 2007

Rosetta's Earth flyby successful; and they got pictures too!

Rosetta is closing in on Earth

Emily Lakdawalla • November 13, 2007

Rosetta is closing in on Earth

Earthrise and Earthset from Kaguya

Emily Lakdawalla • November 13, 2007

Earthrise and Earthset from Kaguya

Happy second birthday to Venus Express

Emily Lakdawalla • November 12, 2007

Happy second birthday to Venus Express

Planetary Society statement on MARDI and ChemCam restoration

Emily Lakdawalla • November 09, 2007

Planetary Society statement on MARDI and ChemCam restoration

That's no near-Earth object, it's a spaceship!

Emily Lakdawalla • November 09, 2007

That's no near-Earth object, it's a spaceship!

News Flash: ChemCam and MARDI have been saved!

Emily Lakdawalla • November 08, 2007

News Flash: ChemCam and MARDI have been saved!

Bruce Betts reports from the Phobos and Deimos conference

Emily Lakdawalla • November 08, 2007

Bruce Betts reports from the Phobos and Deimos conference

Rosetta Earth flyby observations have begun

Emily Lakdawalla • November 08, 2007

Rosetta Earth flyby observations have begun

Save Arecibo!

Emily Lakdawalla • November 08, 2007

Save Arecibo!

It's carnival time!

Emily Lakdawalla • November 08, 2007

It's carnival time!

First HD movies from the Moon

Emily Lakdawalla • November 07, 2007

First HD movies from the Moon

Chang'e 1 in final science orbit

Emily Lakdawalla • November 06, 2007

Chang'e 1 in final science orbit

A fifth planet for 55 Cancri

Emily Lakdawalla • November 06, 2007

A fifth planet for 55 Cancri

A few random items from last week

Emily Lakdawalla • November 05, 2007

A few random items from last week

Chang'e 1 is now in orbit!

Emily Lakdawalla • November 05, 2007

Chang'e 1 is now in orbit!

Science plans for Rosetta's Earth flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • November 02, 2007

Science plans for Rosetta's Earth flyby

Cool Cassini animations

Emily Lakdawalla • October 31, 2007

Cool Cassini animations

ESA mission updates: Rosetta and Venus Express

Emily Lakdawalla • October 31, 2007

ESA mission updates: Rosetta and Venus Express

Comet 17P/Holmes is getting bigger every day

Emily Lakdawalla • October 30, 2007

Comet 17P/Holmes is getting bigger every day

MSL: Landing site downselections

Emily Lakdawalla • October 29, 2007

After three days of presentations, voting, and extended discussions, the "Mars community," as represented by something over 100 scientists who decided to attend the second Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) landing site selection meeting in a process that was open to all, have narrowed down to six the number of potential MSL landing sites.

MSL landing site selection meeting: Day 2 site-by-site presentations

Emily Lakdawalla • October 25, 2007

Unlike the Mars Exploration Rover mission, which featured two golf-cart-sized landers, this time we have only one giant, Volkswagen beetle-size. So at the end of this process we have to pick our favorite place on Mars, not our favorite two places.

MSL sites, comet outbursts, and other stuff

Emily Lakdawalla • October 25, 2007

The latest on MSL landing sites, a look at comet outbursts, and links to other stuff.

Flash back to DPS: Extrasolar planets, NEOs, asteroids, Titan, Pluto, and KBOs

Emily Lakdawalla • October 24, 2007

Flash back to DPS: Extrasolar planets, NEOs, asteroids, Titan, Pluto, and KBOs

CRISM maps of possible Mars landing sites

Emily Lakdawalla • October 24, 2007

CRISM maps of possible Mars landing sites

Successful launch for Chang'e 1!

Emily Lakdawalla • October 24, 2007

Successful launch for Chang'e 1!

Update on Chang'e 1 launch

Emily Lakdawalla • October 23, 2007

Update on Chang'e 1 launch

Reporting from the second Mars Science Laboratory landing site selection meeting

Emily Lakdawalla • October 23, 2007

Reporting from the second Mars Science Laboratory landing site selection meeting

Kaguya now in science orbit

Emily Lakdawalla • October 22, 2007

Kaguya now in science orbit

Iapetus!

Emily Lakdawalla • October 22, 2007

Iapetus!

Dawn is out there

Emily Lakdawalla • October 19, 2007

Dawn is out there

MESSENGER is on target for its January Mercury flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • October 18, 2007

MESSENGER is on target for its January Mercury flyby

Wheel tracks

Emily Lakdawalla • October 18, 2007

The Mars Exploration Rovers have left wheel tracks all over their landing sites, but for some reason this pair of wheel tracks, left in the sand ripple on the rim of Victoria crater and now viewed from below, tickled my fancy. Thanks to James Canvin for the lovely panorama.

New stuff on the website

Emily Lakdawalla • October 17, 2007

New stuff on the website

An embarrassment of riches from Cassini

Emily Lakdawalla • October 17, 2007

An embarrassment of riches from Cassini

Morning drizzle on Titan

Emily Lakdawalla • October 16, 2007

Morning drizzle on Titan

Chang'e 1 launching October 22-25

Emily Lakdawalla • October 15, 2007

Chang'e 1 launching October 22-25

Anticipating the launch of Chang'e 1

Emily Lakdawalla • October 15, 2007

Anticipating the launch of Chang'e 1

Milestones this week for Cassini and Spirit

Emily Lakdawalla • October 12, 2007

Milestones this week for Cassini and Spirit

Kaguya: both mini-satellites deployed and renamed

Emily Lakdawalla • October 12, 2007

Kaguya: both mini-satellites deployed and renamed

DPS: What's next with NEO searches

Emily Lakdawalla • October 11, 2007

DPS: What's next with NEO searches

DPS: NASA Night: Sweetness and light

Emily Lakdawalla • October 11, 2007

DPS: NASA Night: Sweetness and light

News flash: Lakes at Titan's south pole, too, on top of the land of lakes in the north

Emily Lakdawalla • October 11, 2007

Lakes have been spotted near the south pole of Titan before, in this image by the ISS team, which was considered compelling but not conclusive at the time.

DPS: The Yarkovsky, O'Keefe, Radzievskii, and Paddack (YORP) effect

Emily Lakdawalla • October 10, 2007

DPS: The Yarkovsky, O'Keefe, Radzievskii, and Paddack (YORP) effect

DPS: New stuff from New Horizons at Jupiter

Emily Lakdawalla • October 10, 2007

DPS: New stuff from New Horizons at Jupiter

Kaguya: First of two mini-satellites successfully deployed

Emily Lakdawalla • October 09, 2007

Kaguya: First of two mini-satellites successfully deployed

DPS: Sending humans to an asteroid?

Emily Lakdawalla • October 08, 2007

DPS: Sending humans to an asteroid?

39th annual meeting of the Division of Planetary Sciences is next week

Emily Lakdawalla • October 05, 2007

39th annual meeting of the Division of Planetary Sciences is next week

Kaguya is now in lunar orbit

Emily Lakdawalla • October 04, 2007

Kaguya is now in lunar orbit

Your voices counted: budget amendment passed today

Emily Lakdawalla • October 04, 2007

Your voices counted: budget amendment passed today

The Space Age turns 50

Emily Lakdawalla • October 04, 2007

Around the world, there is conversation today about the fiftieth anniversary of the launch of Спутник, that is, Sputnik, Earth's first unnatural satellite.

Take action to support science and exploration at NASA!

Emily Lakdawalla • October 03, 2007

Take action to support science and exploration at NASA!

Kaguya update: More Earth images and video

Emily Lakdawalla • October 03, 2007

Kaguya update: More Earth images and video

Congratulations to George Takei

Emily Lakdawalla • October 02, 2007

Congratulations to George Takei

Dawn launch: Post-launch update

Emily Lakdawalla • October 02, 2007

Dawn launch: Post-launch update

Kaguya shoots Earth video

Emily Lakdawalla • October 01, 2007

Kaguya shoots Earth video

A few random news items from last week: SOHO spots a return visitor; Astronauts on asteroids; MESSENGER update; Dawn tests

Emily Lakdawalla • October 01, 2007

A few random news items from last week: SOHO spots a return visitor; Astronauts on asteroids; MESSENGER update; Dawn tests

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