Emily Lakdawalla's blogs from 2007
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/07/25 12:24 CDT
A backlog of 400 emails: ESA and NASA; MGS failure; Iapetus; Saturn's D ring
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/07/23 05:04 CDT
Both Spirit and Opportunity are still suffering under incredibly dark skies, but, amazingly, they are both "power-positive," meaning that they are managing to produce enough power from the limited amount of sunlight to keep the batteries fully charged.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/07/23 11:55 CDT
Venus Express PFS fails to respond to a swift kick
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/07/21 12:46 CDT
The 2007 Martian Dust Storm: Crisis for Some, Opportunity for Others
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/07/18 12:03 CDT
Conference on the Exploration of Phobos and Deimos
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/07/10 11:09 CDT
Opportunity has ceased operations for a couple of days because the amount of sunlight available is low due to an unpredicted dust storm.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/06/25 11:51 CDT
New Planetary Report, response to Griffin global warming comments, and other stuff
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/06/21 04:06 CDT
Tantalizing views of the worlds to be visited by Dawn
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/06/14 06:05 CDT
Dione and Tethys: New members in the club of active bodies?
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/06/12 06:01 CDT
Today, New Scientist and researcher Ron Levin retracted the "puddles on Mars" claim in the face of evidence that the "puddles" were on sloping surfaces. I've updated my original blog entry in response to the claim to that effect.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/05/23 10:57 CDT
Today's set of image releases from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE team included this one, of a fairly bland-looking lava plain to the northeast of Arsia Mons. Bland, that is, except for a black spot in the center.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/04/04 02:05 CDT
According to a press release issued this morning by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the enormous solar flare that erupted on December 5 and 6 last year was accompanied by an intense radio burst that caused large numbers of Global Positioning System recivers to stop tracking the signal from the orbiting GPS satellites.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/02/27 11:15 CST
There were two new pictures posted on the New Horizons Science Operations Center website this morning, of Io, and if you enhance the images a bit, there are two clear volcanic plumes visible on the limb -- Tvashtar and Prometheus are active!
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/02/18 04:26 CST
It's easy to forget that Mars is another such world with cloudy weather and seasonally varying climate. This lovely image release from the CRISM instrument on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter brings that point home.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/02/07 11:00 CST
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/01/31 07:00 CST
A year after its launch on January 19, 2006, New Horizons is fast closing in on Jupiter, the first target on its near decade-long journey. On February 28 the spacecraft will approach to within 2.3 million kilometers (1.4 million miles) of Jupiter before speeding along on to its way to the edge of the solar system.
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