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Emily Lakdawalla's blogs from 2008

DPS meeting: Saturday: Studying extrasolar planets with planetary spacecraft

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/13 01:15 CDT

DPS meeting: Saturday: Studying extrasolar planets with planetary spacecraft

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Following the Division of Planetary Sciences Meeting from home

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

Following the Division of Planetary Sciences Meeting from home

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MSL is still on target for a 2009 launch, no matter what anybody says

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/10 04:21 CDT

MSL is still on target for a 2009 launch, no matter what anybody says

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Carnival of Space #74

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

Carnival of Space #74

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Images of the 2008 TC3 fireball from space!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/10 12:03 CDT

Images of the 2008 TC3 fireball from space!

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Catching up with Phoenix to sol 133: Digging at La Mancha, grabbing Galloping Hessians from Pet Donkey

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/09 04:40 CDT

Catching up with Phoenix to sol 133: Digging at La Mancha, grabbing Galloping Hessians from Pet Donkey

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Cassini flies within 25 kilometers of Enceladus tomorrow

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/08 03:05 CDT

Cassini flies within 25 kilometers of Enceladus tomorrow

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The full story of Earth-impacting asteroid 2008 TC3

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/07 06:15 CDT

The full story of Earth-impacting asteroid 2008 TC3

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Chandrayaan-1 update: Spacecraft delivered to Sriharikota, launch date October 22

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/07 04:59 CDT

Chandrayaan-1 update: Spacecraft delivered to Sriharikota, launch date October 22

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First images from MESSENGER's second flyby of Mercury

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/07 04:41 CDT

First images from MESSENGER's second flyby of Mercury

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No pics of the 2008 TC3 fireball have shown up on the Web yet...

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/06 11:04 CDT

No pics of the 2008 TC3 fireball have shown up on the Web yet...

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Round-the-world observations refine asteroid 2008 TC3's path

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/06 09:06 CDT

Round-the-world observations refine asteroid 2008 TC3's path

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Movie, made with real photos, of asteroid 2008 TC3 on approach to Earth

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/06 08:24 CDT

Movie, made with real photos, of asteroid 2008 TC3 on approach to Earth

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Simulation of the final moments of 2008 TC3

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/06 06:19 CDT

Simulation of the final moments of 2008 TC3

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A three-meter-diameter piece of the sky is falling

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/06 04:49 CDT

A three-meter-diameter piece of the sky is falling

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MESSENGER flyby: Radio signals indicate all went well

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/06 12:10 CDT

MESSENGER flyby: Radio signals indicate all went well

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MESSENGER gets closer to Mercury

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/05 01:29 CDT

MESSENGER gets closer to Mercury

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MESSENGER has Mercury in sight; more on MESSENGER's solar sailing

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/03 04:01 CDT

MESSENGER has Mercury in sight; more on MESSENGER's solar sailing

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"IT'S ALIVE!"

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/03 12:05 CDT

That's the subject line of an email that Lou Friedman forwarded to me last week. He'd received it from Robert Farquhar, who has a long and distinguished career as flight director for numerous space missions. The "IT" in his email was ISEE-3/ICE.

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Carnival of Space #73

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/02 05:23 CDT

Carnival of Space #73

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Long drives at last for Opportunity (or, getting your kicks on sol 1,666)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/02 12:41 CDT

It's been way, way, way too long since the view from either rover's cameras has changed very much. So I hope you'll join me in a shout of "woo hoo!" or perhaps "yippee!" as I show you the latest view from Opportunity, from sol 1,666, as automatically composed in Mike Howard's Midnight Mars Browser software.

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Science Timeline for Monday's MESSENGER flyby of Mercury

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/10/01 03:54 CDT

Science Timeline for Monday's MESSENGER flyby of Mercury

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Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: Europlanet Wrap-up

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/30 12:49 CDT

Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: Europlanet Wrap-up

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Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: Kaguya update

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/30 12:46 CDT

Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: Kaguya update

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Phoenix Update, Sol 123: Press briefing with carbonates, clays, and snow!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/29 04:23 CDT

Phoenix Update, Sol 123: Press briefing with carbonates, clays, and snow!

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Carnival of Space #72

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/26 04:31 CDT

Carnival of Space #72

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Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: Monitoring Venus with the VMC

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/25 06:39 CDT

Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: Monitoring Venus with the VMC

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Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: Small update for a small asteroid

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/25 11:07 CDT

Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: Small update for a small asteroid

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Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: To reach out, let people in

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/24 07:13 CDT

Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: To reach out, let people in

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An update on Ulysses: Recovery from sun sensor anomaly

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/24 05:50 CDT

An update on Ulysses: Recovery from sun sensor anomaly

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Some basic information on the upcoming Shenzhou 7 launch

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/24 11:24 CDT

Some basic information on the upcoming Shenzhou 7 launch

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Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: To be bold, be small (part 2)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/23 04:42 CDT

Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: To be bold, be small (part 2)

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Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: To be bold, be small (part 1)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/23 04:01 CDT

Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: To be bold, be small (part 1)

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Website problems

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/23 03:55 CDT

Website problems

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Ulysses is in peril

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/22 02:18 CDT

Ulysses is in peril

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What's up in the solar system for the week of September 22

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/22 02:11 CDT

What's up in the solar system for the week of September 22

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Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: Arrival and Mars' north pole

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/22 01:27 CDT

Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: Arrival and Mars' north pole

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Opportunity's got a long road ahead

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/19 05:03 CDT

Mars Exploration Rover principal investigator Steve Squyres announced on National Public Radio's Science Friday show the next goal for Opportunity, and it's a long, long, long way away: a huge crater about 12 kilometers southeast of its current location, which the team is referring to internally as "Endeavour."

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Phoenix Mission Receives OK to Listen for Sounds on Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/18 11:06 CDT

Phoenix Mission Receives OK to Listen for Sounds on Mars

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Chandrayaan-1 update

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/18 11:26 CDT

Chandrayaan-1 update

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MSL landing site meeting: Votes are in!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/17 07:07 CDT

MSL landing site meeting: Votes are in!

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Welcome to the solar system, Haumea, Hi'iaka, and Namaka

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/17 04:41 CDT

Welcome to the solar system, Haumea, Hi'iaka, and Namaka

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MSL landing site meeting: Getting beaten up is good for science

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/16 01:27 CDT

MSL landing site meeting: Getting beaten up is good for science

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MSL landing site meeting: Where on Mars to look for ancient life

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/15 11:09 CDT

MSL landing site meeting: Where on Mars to look for ancient life

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MAVEN will be the second Mars Scout mission

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/15 04:39 CDT

MAVEN will be the second Mars Scout mission

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MSL landing site meeting, September 15-17, 2008

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/15 01:07 CDT

MSL landing site meeting, September 15-17, 2008

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Phoenix Sol 106 Update

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/12 01:56 CDT

Phoenix Sol 106 Update

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An amazing animation of Halley's comet from Vega 1

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/11 01:06 CDT

An amazing animation of Halley's comet from Vega 1

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The Face on Steins?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/10 05:14 CDT

The Face on Steins?

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Ustream chat archived; comparing Itokawa and Eros

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/10 04:46 CDT

Ustream chat archived; comparing Itokawa and Eros

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LORRI is one powerful camera

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/10 11:02 CDT

LORRI is one powerful camera

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Rosetta Unearths a "Jewel of the Solar System"

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/09 05:51 CDT

Rosetta Unearths a "Jewel of the Solar System"

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What's up in the solar system for the week of September 8

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/08 05:39 CDT

What's up in the solar system for the week of September 8

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Where does Steins fit in?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/06 07:11 CDT

Where does Steins fit in?

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First Rosetta images of Steins

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/06 06:23 CDT

First Rosetta images of Steins

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Rosetta heard from after flyby

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/05 03:49 CDT

Rosetta heard from after flyby

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Rosetta on target, no further rocket firings needed

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/05 12:21 CDT

Rosetta on target, no further rocket firings needed

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Carnival of Space #69

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/05 12:19 CDT

Carnival of Space #69

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Rosetta's just a day away from Steins and now on target

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/04 01:15 CDT

Rosetta's just a day away from Steins and now on target

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Phoenix update to sol 97: A new sample for wet chemistry and lots of fun with animations

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/03 06:22 CDT

Phoenix update to sol 97: A new sample for wet chemistry and lots of fun with animations

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Rosetta's zeroing in on Steins

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/02 12:16 CDT

Rosetta's zeroing in on Steins

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Opportunity's ready for a new adventure!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/29 03:43 CDT

It's official: Opportunity is out of Victoria. A news release from JPL stated today that Opportunity has, as of late yesterday (sol 1,634), exited Victoria crater.

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Catching up with Phoenix, through sol 91

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/29 03:27 CDT

Catching up with Phoenix, through sol 91

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Pictures from the past: Viking 2 approaches Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/27 12:56 CDT

Pictures from the past: Viking 2 approaches Mars

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GLAST has a new name: Fermi

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/26 06:51 CDT

GLAST has a new name: Fermi

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Asteroids and comets to scale, as a single image for printing or Powerpoint

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/26 11:06 CDT

Asteroids and comets to scale, as a single image for printing or Powerpoint

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What's up in the solar system for the week of August 25

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/25 04:12 CDT

What's up in the solar system for the week of August 25

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Three great new pages on Don Davis' website

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/24 09:40 CDT

Three great new pages on Don Davis' website

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Carnival of Space #68

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/22 03:12 CDT

Carnival of Space #68

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Tweet Tweet Tweet

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/21 04:17 CDT

Tweet Tweet Tweet

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Watching the clouds drift by

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

Watching the clouds drift by

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Things that probably won't ever be called planets, but maybe they should

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/20 06:39 CDT

Things that probably won't ever be called planets, but maybe they should

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Beautiful mosaic from the Enceladus encounter

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/19 10:06 CDT

Beautiful mosaic from the Enceladus encounter

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What's up in the solar system for the week of August 18

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/16 05:12 CDT

What's up in the solar system for the week of August 18

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Phoenix sol 79: TEGA oven 7 opened

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/15 11:42 CDT

Phoenix sol 79: TEGA oven 7 opened

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First image of a speck of Mars dust from the Atomic Force Microscope

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/15 11:04 CDT

First image of a speck of Mars dust from the Atomic Force Microscope

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Carnival of Space #67

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/14 10:42 CDT

Carnival of Space #67

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My thoughts on the Great Planet Debate

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/14 03:36 CDT

My thoughts on the Great Planet Debate

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Phoenix sol 76 update: Digging at Neverland, Cupboard, Stone Soup, Snow White, Burn Alive; samples for microscope and TEGA 5; and more

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/13 06:07 CDT

Phoenix sol 76 update: Digging at Neverland, Cupboard, Stone Soup, Snow White, Burn Alive; samples for microscope and TEGA 5; and more

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More Enceladus image fun

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/12 11:55 CDT

More Enceladus image fun

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Enceladus is so close I can touch it

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/12 07:06 CDT

Enceladus is so close I can touch it

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Enceladus flyby images are starting to appear

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/12 02:39 CDT

Enceladus flyby images are starting to appear

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What's up in the solar system for the week of August 11

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/11 03:40 CDT

What's up in the solar system for the week of August 11

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Looking back into Victoria crater

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/08 08:00 CDT

Here's another wonderful self-portrait silhouette by Opportunity.

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The Fountains of Enceladus

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/08 07:52 CDT

The Fountains of Enceladus

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Skeet Shooting Enceladus

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/08 01:46 CDT

Skeet Shooting Enceladus

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Carnival of Space #66

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/08 11:54 CDT

Carnival of Space #66

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Phoenix sol 72: Delivery to TEGA oven 5

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/07 06:25 CDT

Phoenix sol 72: Delivery to TEGA oven 5

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Phoenix perchlorate kerfuffle

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/07 12:53 CDT

Phoenix perchlorate kerfuffle

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Chandrayaan-1 launch delayed to October

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/06 08:58 CDT

Chandrayaan-1 launch delayed to October

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Rosetta and Glaciers

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/06 04:42 CDT

Rosetta and Glaciers

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What's up in the solar system for the week of August 4

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/05 03:36 CDT

What's up in the solar system for the week of August 4

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The Phoenix flap

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/04 04:13 CDT

The Phoenix flap

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Apparently there's something more exciting yet to be announced by Phoenix

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/03 05:10 CDT

Apparently there's something more exciting yet to be announced by Phoenix

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Carnival of Space # 65, and more

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/03 10:47 CDT

Carnival of Space # 65, and more

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The August 1 solar eclipse from space

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/01 01:17 CDT

The August 1 solar eclipse from space

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Opportunity casts a long shadow

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/08/01 12:46 CDT

Opportunity casts a long shadow

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Highlights of the Phoenix sol 64 press conference

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/31 03:58 CDT

Highlights of the Phoenix sol 64 press conference

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Proof for liquids on Titan

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/30 07:02 CDT

A press release from the Cassini VIMS team today is titled "NASA Confirms Liquid Lake on Saturn Moon." This may be making some of you ask: but wait, haven't they already proven there's liquid lakes on Titan?

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New photos of Phobos!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/30 12:13 CDT

New photos of Phobos!

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