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Emily Lakdawalla's blogs from 2007

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

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!

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

Silly but fun Apollo 11 video

Emily Lakdawalla • September 18, 2007

Silly but fun Apollo 11 video

Budget Axe Falls on Mars Science Laboratory

Emily Lakdawalla • September 18, 2007

Budget Axe Falls on Mars Science Laboratory

Seeing in the Dark

Emily Lakdawalla • September 17, 2007

Seeing in the Dark

Kaguya self-portraits

Emily Lakdawalla • September 17, 2007

Kaguya self-portraits

Kaguya launch wrapup

Emily Lakdawalla • September 14, 2007

Kaguya launch wrapup

Kaguya continues to operate well

Emily Lakdawalla • September 14, 2007

Kaguya continues to operate well

Everything continues to look good for Kaguya!

Emily Lakdawalla • September 13, 2007

Everything continues to look good for Kaguya!

KAGUYA HAS LAUNCHED!

Emily Lakdawalla • September 13, 2007

KAGUYA HAS LAUNCHED!

Kaguya launch update: Watching the launch

Emily Lakdawalla • September 13, 2007

Kaguya launch update: Watching the launch

Kaguya launch update: just about to go!

Emily Lakdawalla • September 13, 2007

Kaguya launch update: just about to go!

Opportunity takes first gingerly steps into Victoria Crater

Doug Ellison • September 13, 2007

Mars Exploration Rover scientists, engineers and enthusiasts have been playing the waiting game for 10 weeks, watching the much-reported dust storm subside so that Opportunity could get back to doing what it does best - exploring craters.

Kaguya launch update: Fuel loading complete

Emily Lakdawalla • September 13, 2007

Kaguya launch update: Fuel loading complete

Enormous Iapetus mosaic

Emily Lakdawalla • September 13, 2007

Enormous Iapetus mosaic

Kaguya launches in less than 8 hours!

Emily Lakdawalla • September 13, 2007

Kaguya launches in less than 8 hours!

Carnival of Space #20

Emily Lakdawalla • September 13, 2007

Carnival of Space #20

Video greeting from Sir Arthur C. Clarke

Emily Lakdawalla • September 12, 2007

Video greeting from Sir Arthur C. Clarke

More Blogs: Kaguya's launch, and Stars Above

Emily Lakdawalla • September 12, 2007

More Blogs: Kaguya's launch, and Stars Above

Flying over the ridge

Emily Lakdawalla • September 12, 2007

Flying over the ridge

Iapetus closest approach images are online!!!

Emily Lakdawalla • September 12, 2007

Iapetus closest approach images are online!!!

Cassini went into safe mode, but everything is OK

Emily Lakdawalla • September 11, 2007

Cassini went into safe mode, but everything is OK

Kaguya launch postponed one day due to weather

Emily Lakdawalla • September 11, 2007

Kaguya launch postponed one day due to weather

Iapetus, saturated with craters

Emily Lakdawalla • September 11, 2007

Iapetus, saturated with craters

The view from Iapetus

Emily Lakdawalla • September 10, 2007

The view from Iapetus

Cassini: highest-resolution-ever images of Iapetus

Emily Lakdawalla • September 10, 2007

Cassini: highest-resolution-ever images of Iapetus

Cassini's doing Iapetus encounter science now

Emily Lakdawalla • September 09, 2007

Cassini's doing Iapetus encounter science now

Phoenix returns its first photo

Emily Lakdawalla • September 07, 2007

Phoenix returns its first photo

Skies slowly lightening for Spirit and Opportunity

Emily Lakdawalla • September 07, 2007

I just received another batch of "tau" images from rover camera lead Jim Bell to add to my visualizations of the rovers' dark skies. These pictures provide a direct measurement of the opacity of the atmosphere between the rovers and the Sun.

Carnival of Space #19

Emily Lakdawalla • September 07, 2007

Carnival of Space #19

Cassini Zeroes in on Saturn's Yin-Yang Moon Iapetus

Emily Lakdawalla • September 06, 2007

Cassini Zeroes in on Saturn's Yin-Yang Moon Iapetus

Another approaching view of Iapetus

Emily Lakdawalla • September 06, 2007

Another approaching view of Iapetus

Cassini's approaching view of Iapetus

Emily Lakdawalla • September 05, 2007

Cassini's approaching view of Iapetus

Putting the Rhea puzzle together

Emily Lakdawalla • September 04, 2007

Putting the Rhea puzzle together

Cassini's next stop: Iapetus

Emily Lakdawalla • August 31, 2007

Cassini's next stop: Iapetus

The cave entrance on Arsia Mons really is a pit

Emily Lakdawalla • August 30, 2007

The cave entrance on Arsia Mons really is a pit

Dust storm update: A rover's-eye-view

Emily Lakdawalla • August 29, 2007

I haven't written an update on the dust storm at Mars recently for two reasons. For one, the rovers are out of immediate danger, so it wasn't as urgent. The other reason is that Jim Bell wanted Cornell to issue a press release with updated versions of the images and animations I've been putting together from the rovers' "tau" images.

Poised on the threshold of Victoria Crater

Emily Lakdawalla • August 29, 2007

Although Mars' atmosphere continues to be rather dusty, the storm has abated enough that both Mars Exploration Rovers have resumed a relatively normal level of activity. For Opportunity, that means a drive to the very edge of Victoria crater.

Titan: brown and blue

Emily Lakdawalla • August 28, 2007

Titan: brown and blue

Two sky events Aug 27/28: One reason NOT to look up, and one reason to get up early

Emily Lakdawalla • August 26, 2007

Two sky events Aug 27/28: One reason NOT to look up, and one reason to get up early

Carnival of Space #17

Emily Lakdawalla • August 23, 2007

Carnival of Space #17

Hayabusa update: Now three of four engines are working!

Emily Lakdawalla • August 22, 2007

Hayabusa update: Now three of four engines are working!

More Activity in NASA's Science Mission Directorate

Emily Lakdawalla • August 21, 2007

More Activity in NASA's Science Mission Directorate

Europlanet : Up high and down low using H2O

Emily Lakdawalla • August 21, 2007

Europlanet : Up high and down low using H2O

Doug Goes to Potsdam: The European Planetary Science Congress #2

Emily Lakdawalla • August 19, 2007

Doug Goes to Potsdam: The European Planetary Science Congress #2

Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Tuesday afternoon: Landscapes

Emily Lakdawalla • August 17, 2007

Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Tuesday afternoon: Landscapes

MESSENGER update

Emily Lakdawalla • August 17, 2007

MESSENGER update

Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Tuesday morning: Goo-ology

Emily Lakdawalla • August 16, 2007

Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Tuesday morning: Goo-ology

Earthquakes, earthquakes

Emily Lakdawalla • August 16, 2007

Earthquakes, earthquakes

Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Tuesday morning: Spectroscopy

Emily Lakdawalla • August 16, 2007

Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Tuesday morning: Spectroscopy

Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Conference overload

Emily Lakdawalla • August 16, 2007

Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Conference overload

Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Monday afternoon: Posters

Emily Lakdawalla • August 15, 2007

Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Monday afternoon: Posters

Uranus ring plane crossing tomorrow!

Emily Lakdawalla • August 15, 2007

Uranus ring plane crossing tomorrow!

Kaguya repairs complete

Emily Lakdawalla • August 15, 2007

Kaguya repairs complete

Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Monday afternoon: New Horizons at Jupiter

Emily Lakdawalla • August 14, 2007

Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Monday afternoon: New Horizons at Jupiter

Stars Above, Earth Below: Go to the Mountains

Emily Lakdawalla • August 14, 2007

Stars Above, Earth Below: Go to the Mountains

Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Monday afternoon: Terrestrial analogs-ish

Emily Lakdawalla • August 13, 2007

Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Monday afternoon: Terrestrial analogs-ish

Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Monday morning: The history and interiors of icy moons

Emily Lakdawalla • August 13, 2007

Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Monday morning: The history and interiors of icy moons

Reporting from the Workshop on Ices, Oceans, and Fire

Emily Lakdawalla • August 13, 2007

Reporting from the Workshop on Ices, Oceans, and Fire

Check out the Perseids this weekend!

Emily Lakdawalla • August 10, 2007

Check out the Perseids this weekend!

Some cool Cassini images

Emily Lakdawalla • August 10, 2007

Some cool Cassini images

Phoenix and New Horizons updates

Emily Lakdawalla • August 10, 2007

Phoenix and New Horizons updates

New style in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA

Emily Lakdawalla • August 09, 2007

New style in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA

A little good news on the rovers

Emily Lakdawalla • August 08, 2007

The skies aren't quite as dark as they have been, for both Spirit and Opportunity. In fact, Spirit has enough power now to be doing a little work with its robotic arm.

Phoenix wrapup

Emily Lakdawalla • August 04, 2007

Phoenix wrapup

Phoenix is now on its way to Mars!

Emily Lakdawalla • August 04, 2007

Phoenix is now on its way to Mars!

Second stage burn complete

Emily Lakdawalla • August 04, 2007

Second stage burn complete

And now, we wait

Emily Lakdawalla • August 04, 2007

And now, we wait

Second stage ignition!

Emily Lakdawalla • August 04, 2007

Second stage ignition!

There she goes!

Emily Lakdawalla • August 04, 2007

There she goes!

T minus 4 and counting!

Emily Lakdawalla • August 04, 2007

T minus 4 and counting!

Phoenix: Launch minus 12 minutes and weather is "go"

Emily Lakdawalla • August 04, 2007

Phoenix: Launch minus 12 minutes and weather is "go"

Getting ready for Phoenix launch: Step 1: Sleep

Emily Lakdawalla • August 03, 2007

Getting ready for Phoenix launch: Step 1: Sleep

Hubble views of Mars' dust storm

Emily Lakdawalla • August 03, 2007

Hubble views of Mars' dust storm

Go, go Phoenix! 18 hours until launch...

Emily Lakdawalla • August 03, 2007

Go, go Phoenix! 18 hours until launch...

Carnival of Space #14, and a rover update

Emily Lakdawalla • August 02, 2007

Carnival of Space #14, and a rover update

Phoenix' second stage has been fueled

Emily Lakdawalla • August 01, 2007

Phoenix' second stage has been fueled

"Concern Increasing" for Opportunity

Emily Lakdawalla • August 01, 2007

Yesterday evening the Mars Exploration Rover mission posted an update that states "increasing concern" for the continued health of Opportunity.

Phoenix launch postponed one day

Emily Lakdawalla • July 31, 2007

Phoenix launch postponed one day

Where are you reading from?

Emily Lakdawalla • July 30, 2007

Where are you reading from?

High tau for Spirit and Opportunity

Emily Lakdawalla • July 30, 2007

Over the weekend I fiddled with the "tau" images that Mars Exploration Rover Pancam lead Jim Bell gave me, and I produced a couple of different ways to visualize the darkness of the rovers' skies.

New launch date for Kaguya: September 13

Emily Lakdawalla • July 29, 2007

New launch date for Kaguya: September 13

Dust storm update: rovers still OK

Emily Lakdawalla • July 27, 2007

The dust storm continues at Mars, but both rovers continue to be power-positive.

Stars Above, Earth Below: Appreciating Dark Skies

Emily Lakdawalla • July 27, 2007

Stars Above, Earth Below: Appreciating Dark Skies

A horrible day in space

Emily Lakdawalla • July 27, 2007

A horrible day in space

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