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Emily Lakdawalla's blogs from 2008

A Moon Among Stars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/31 06:17 CST

A very pretty picture of a moon among stars. Happy 2009, everyone!

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The Year in Pictures: 2008

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/31 06:08 CST

The Year in Pictures: 2008

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I spotted Mercury last night!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/30 11:35 CST

I spotted Mercury last night!

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Another longevity milestone for Spirit and Opportunity

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/29 05:03 CST

We're getting close to the fifth anniversary of the landings of Spirit and Opportunity, but was we approach that milestone, we're passing another. I've been told that as of yesterday, Spirit and Opportunity have operated on Mars for a combined length of time that is longer than the combined number of sols that the twin Viking landers operated.

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ANSMET Blogs: Finally in the field and bagging lots of meteorites

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/29 03:57 CST

ANSMET Blogs: Finally in the field and bagging lots of meteorites

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From the "playing with particle accelerators" department

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/29 10:38 CST

From the "playing with particle accelerators" department

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Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is a BIG step closer to launch

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/26 04:34 CST

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is a BIG step closer to launch

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Odds and Ends: Outer solar system not as crowded as the inner

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/26 11:51 CST

Odds and Ends: Outer solar system not as crowded as the inner

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A correction to the recent Nature story about Phoenix

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/24 11:16 CST

A correction to the recent Nature story about Phoenix

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Relive -- or see for the first time -- Apollo 8's Christmas Eve broadcast

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/23 02:33 CST

Relive -- or see for the first time -- Apollo 8's Christmas Eve broadcast

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Wrapping up items from AGU

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/23 01:07 CST

Wrapping up items from AGU

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An update on the pledge drive

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/23 12:46 CST

An update on the pledge drive

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Carnival of Space #84

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/21 02:22 CST

Carnival of Space #84

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Some early Christmas presents at the PDS

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/20 12:26 CST

Some early Christmas presents at the PDS

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AGU: Wrapping up my notes on Phoenix

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/19 02:08 CST

AGU: Wrapping up my notes on Phoenix

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Jupiter and Ganymede from Hubble

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/18 05:23 CST

Jupiter and Ganymede from Hubble

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Did you know that you can do more than just read?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/18 04:19 CST

Did you know that you can do more than just read?

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ANSMET Blogs: waiting around McMurdo; first 20 meterorites found

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/17 01:42 CST

ANSMET Blogs: waiting around McMurdo; first 20 meterorites found

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AGU: Titan: Volcanically active world, or "Callisto with weather?"

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/17 12:03 CST

AGU: Titan: Volcanically active world, or "Callisto with weather?"

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Steve Ostro

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/16 07:52 CST

Steve Ostro

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AGU: An update on Kaguya

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/16 10:23 CST

AGU: An update on Kaguya

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AGU: Some first impressions from today's Phoenix sessions

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/15 08:49 CST

AGU: Some first impressions from today's Phoenix sessions

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Ganesa Macula isn't a dome

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/15 02:02 CST

Ganesa Macula isn't a dome

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I need help at AGU

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/12 12:45 CST

I need help at AGU

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Blogs from the 2008-2009 Antarctic Search for Meteorites expedition

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/12 11:36 CST

Blogs from the 2008-2009 Antarctic Search for Meteorites expedition

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Some interesting information in a Nature story about Phoenix

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/11 04:09 CST

Some interesting information in a Nature story about Phoenix

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Mimas, Prometheus, and the rings

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/10 02:11 CST

Mimas, Prometheus, and the rings

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Ice in glaciers on Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/09 05:20 CST

Ice in glaciers on Mars

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What's up in the solar system for the week of December 8: Getting ready for AGU

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/08 11:58 CST

What's up in the solar system for the week of December 8: Getting ready for AGU

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MESSENGER steers for next September's Mercury flyby

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/05 11:01 CST

MESSENGER steers for next September's Mercury flyby

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Let's go to Mars together

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/04 04:06 CST

Let's go to Mars together

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Hubble servicing mission now scheduled for May 12, 2009

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/04 04:02 CST

Hubble servicing mission now scheduled for May 12, 2009

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More details on the delay of Mars Science Laboratory

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/04 01:07 CST

More details on the delay of Mars Science Laboratory

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Mars Science Laboratory is delayed two years

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/04 10:01 CST

Mars Science Laboratory is delayed two years

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Mmmmm....Space Beer

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/03 08:17 CST

Mmmmm....Space Beer

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No one is listening for Phoenix anymore

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/02 05:05 CST

No one is listening for Phoenix anymore

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Tracking spacecraft from Earth

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/12/02 03:56 CST

Tracking spacecraft from Earth

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Attention: South American and southern African observers needed for observations of a stellar occultation by Varuna

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/30 10:36 CST

Attention: South American and southern African observers needed for observations of a stellar occultation by Varuna

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Bulgaria in Space

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/29 03:02 CST

Bulgaria in Space

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Carnival of Space #81

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/29 02:38 CST

Carnival of Space #81

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More science data from Chandrayaan-1, and some thermal issues on the spacecraft

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/27 02:27 CST

More science data from Chandrayaan-1, and some thermal issues on the spacecraft

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What are those bright things in the sky right now?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/25 07:58 CST

What are those bright things in the sky right now?

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Carnival of Space #80

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/25 07:57 CST

Carnival of Space #80

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Enjoy your 10 minutes of fame by contributing to 365 Days of Astronomy

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/24 04:43 CST

Enjoy your 10 minutes of fame by contributing to 365 Days of Astronomy

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Solar conjunction: Holidays for Mars missions, and an Opportunity update

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/21 01:09 CST

The period of Mars solar conjunction has just begun, which means that a host of scientists and engineers whose day jobs entail interaction with the five active Mars spacecraft are getting a five-week break from the daily grind of operations.

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Random items

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/20 05:45 CST

Random items

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A correction on the number of Chandrayaan-1 probe pictures

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/19 10:53 CST

A correction on the number of Chandrayaan-1 probe pictures

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Name the rover!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/18 02:00 CST

Name the rover!

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Kaguya now in its extended mission

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/18 09:56 CST

Kaguya now in its extended mission

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Chandrayaan-1 Terrain Mapping Camera images and movie from science orbit

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/17 01:11 CST

Chandrayaan-1 Terrain Mapping Camera images and movie from science orbit

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Pictures from the Chandrayaan-1 Moon Impact Probe

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/15 11:23 CST

Pictures from the Chandrayaan-1 Moon Impact Probe

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Press conference on the Roadmap to Space

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/14 02:30 CST

Press conference on the Roadmap to Space

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Chandrayaan-1 probe impact successful

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/14 09:26 CST

Chandrayaan-1 probe impact successful

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Spirit's still there

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/13 05:14 CST

I am greatly relieved to report that Spirit did talk to Earth as ordered today, indicating that the rover's power situation did not get so bad that a "low power fault" was triggered. The rover's still following instructions, and is still with us, though the power situation is still critical.

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Actual images of planets around other stars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/13 01:49 CST

Actual images of planets around other stars

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Piecing together MSL

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/13 11:19 CST

Piecing together MSL

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A Roadmap to Space

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/13 10:33 CST

A Roadmap to Space

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The end of Phoenix

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/11 04:46 CST

The end of Phoenix

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Chandrayaan-1's first picture of the Moon

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/11 11:11 CST

Chandrayaan-1's first picture of the Moon

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High dust levels are making life tough for Spirit

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/11 09:02 CST

There was a worrying update posted on the JPL website for Spirit today: an early-season dust storm has darkened its skies enough that its solar panels produced only 89 watt-hours of power yesterday, sol 1,725. Neither rover has ever, ever seen power production levels that low, not even during last year's massive dust storm.

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What's up in the solar system for the week of November 10

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/10 05:27 CST

What's up in the solar system for the week of November 10

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Phoenix falls silent

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/10 03:08 CST

Phoenix falls silent

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India has reached the Moon!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/08 08:56 CST

India has reached the Moon!

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A launch to Neptune in 2019?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/07 02:01 CST

A launch to Neptune in 2019?

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Carnival of space #78

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/07 11:03 CST

Carnival of space #78

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Enceladus!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/06 03:44 CST

Enceladus!

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Our members are flying on Glory

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/05 10:27 CST

Our members are flying on Glory

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Chandrayaan-1 to enter lunar orbit on November 8

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/05 09:58 CST

Chandrayaan-1 to enter lunar orbit on November 8

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Phoenix update: Not dead yet; still in "Lazarus mode;" one attempt at microphone use did not work

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/04 03:24 CST

Phoenix update: Not dead yet; still in "Lazarus mode;" one attempt at microphone use did not work

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More on "backwards" space images

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/03 03:36 CST

More on "backwards" space images

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Carnival of Space #76

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/03 03:04 CST

Carnival of Space #76

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On its way to the Moon, Chandrayaan-1 photographs Earth, but flips the photo

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/11/01 02:23 CDT

On its way to the Moon, Chandrayaan-1 photographs Earth, but flips the photo

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A brief Phoenix update

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/31 07:36 CDT

A brief Phoenix update

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Opportunity and Spirit updates: Both are now driving

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/31 01:26 CDT

Another day, another drive: on sols 1,693 and 1,695 the Opportunity rover conducted two more lengthy drives to the south, totaling almost 200 meters. On the other side of the planet, Spirit is FINALLY in motion again.

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Early science results from MESSENGER's second Mercury flyby

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/30 05:37 CDT

Early science results from MESSENGER's second Mercury flyby

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Phoenix update: Entry into and exit from safe mode, no science for a few days' recharging

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/29 06:00 CDT

Phoenix update: Entry into and exit from safe mode, no science for a few days' recharging

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Chandrayaan-1 update: Still in Earth orbit, closer to the Moon

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/29 02:28 CDT

Chandrayaan-1 update: Still in Earth orbit, closer to the Moon

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Schedule notes for tomorrow: Constellation and MESSENGER

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/28 06:27 CDT

Schedule notes for tomorrow: Constellation and MESSENGER

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The beginning of the end for Phoenix: No more robotic arm operations

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/28 05:33 CDT

The beginning of the end for Phoenix: No more robotic arm operations

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Opportunity is really hitting the highway

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/28 01:10 CDT

Victoria crater, the site of a Mars year's worth of study, is now far over the horizon, as Opportunity has lately completed a series of very long drives. Opportunity is once again sailing the sand seas of Meridiani Planum.

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One Hubble camera ready for business

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/27 04:59 CDT

One Hubble camera ready for business

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Why is only half of Mars magnetized?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/24 09:21 CDT

An article in the September 26 issue of Science neatly explains why only the southern half of Mars is strongly magnetized.

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Chandrayaan-1 raises its orbit

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/23 01:49 CDT

Chandrayaan-1 raises its orbit

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Mimas, Prometheus, and rings in motion

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/22 05:18 CDT

Mimas, Prometheus, and rings in motion

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Chandrayaan-1 launch was nominal

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/21 08:17 CDT

Chandrayaan-1 launch was nominal

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LIFTOFF of Chandrayaan-1! India is on its way to the Moon!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/21 07:53 CDT

LIFTOFF of Chandrayaan-1! India is on its way to the Moon!

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Chandrayaan-1 live broadcast is underway

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/21 07:39 CDT

Chandrayaan-1 live broadcast is underway

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Watch the Chandrayaan-1 launch live on the Internet!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/20 04:03 CDT

Watch the Chandrayaan-1 launch live on the Internet!

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Carnival of Space #75

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/20 03:38 CDT

Carnival of Space #75

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Hubble update: Not returning to normal today after all

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/17 05:24 CDT

Hubble update: Not returning to normal today after all

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New images from MESSENGER's Mercury flyby

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/17 12:38 CDT

New images from MESSENGER's Mercury flyby

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Getting close to the launch of Chandrayaan-1!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/17 11:54 CDT

Getting close to the launch of Chandrayaan-1!

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Hubble to resume normal science operations Friday morning

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/16 04:51 CDT

Hubble to resume normal science operations Friday morning

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A shift in orbit for Mars Odyssey

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/16 03:08 CDT

A shift in orbit for Mars Odyssey

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Phobos: New gravity data and an update on the Phobos-Grunt landing site

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/16 01:13 CDT

Phobos: New gravity data and an update on the Phobos-Grunt landing site

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DPS meeting: Sunday: Lakes on Titan

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/15 03:52 CDT

This time around DPS features three separate oral sessions on Titan, indicating just how much attention that moon is getting from the scientific community right now. From the first session, on Titan's lower atmosphere, I'm just covering the two talks on Titan's lakes.

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DPS meeting: Sunday: Some respect for Pallas

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/15 01:46 CDT

DPS meeting: Sunday: Some respect for Pallas

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DPS meeting: Sunday: Three tiny moons of Saturn orbit within rings

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/15 11:20 CDT

DPS meeting: Sunday: Three tiny moons of Saturn orbit within rings

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DPS meeting: Saturday: Enceladus -- it's cooler than we thought

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/14 05:58 CDT

DPS meeting: Saturday: Enceladus -- it's cooler than we thought

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Phoenix "battens down the hatches" for its first dust storm

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/13 04:23 CDT

Phoenix "battens down the hatches" for its first dust storm

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