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Emily Lakdawalla's blogs from 2008

LPSC: Thursday: Rovers, Titan, Mars, Venus Express, Neptune

Ted Stryk • March 14, 2008

I spent a large portion of the day at the Lunar and Planetary Institute's library and presented my own poster during the poster sessions, so my coverage of Thursday's sessions is limited.

Ted Stryk: Revealing the night sides of Uranus' moons

Emily Lakdawalla • March 13, 2008

Ted Stryk: Revealing the night sides of Uranus' moons

LPSC: Finally, some notes on the MESSENGER presentations

Emily Lakdawalla • March 13, 2008

LPSC: Finally, some notes on the MESSENGER presentations

Enceladus flyby pics

Emily Lakdawalla • March 13, 2008

Enceladus flyby pics

LPSC, Wednesday: More from the Moon -- SMART-1 and radar

Emily Lakdawalla • March 13, 2008

LPSC, Wednesday: More from the Moon -- SMART-1 and radar

LPSC, Tuesday: lunar talks, poster session, and Io

Emily Lakdawalla • March 12, 2008

LPSC, Tuesday: lunar talks, poster session, and Io

LPSC: Spiders and Swiss cheese on Mars, and a lunar lander network

Emily Lakdawalla • March 11, 2008

LPSC: Spiders and Swiss cheese on Mars, and a lunar lander network

LPSC: Kaguya sessions

Emily Lakdawalla • March 11, 2008

LPSC: Kaguya sessions

Enceladus encounter blogs

Emily Lakdawalla • March 10, 2008

Enceladus encounter blogs

LPSC: A short visit already over

Emily Lakdawalla • March 10, 2008

LPSC: A short visit already over

Reporting in from LPSC

Emily Lakdawalla • March 10, 2008

Reporting in from LPSC

Rhea rings: the evidence

Emily Lakdawalla • March 08, 2008

Rhea rings: the evidence

Rhea has rings!

Emily Lakdawalla • March 06, 2008

Rhea has rings!

Popping down to LPSC

Emily Lakdawalla • March 06, 2008

Popping down to LPSC

Carnival of Space #44

Emily Lakdawalla • March 06, 2008

Carnival of Space #44

Phobos arts and crafts

Emily Lakdawalla • March 05, 2008

Phobos arts and crafts

White Rock through the ages: 2001 Mars Odyssey (2001-present)

Emily Lakdawalla • March 04, 2008

In the fourth installment in my look at one spot on Mars as seen through the eyes of different spacecraft, we finally get to a mission that is still operational: 2001 Mars Odyssey.

Before, during, and after avalanches on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • March 03, 2008

Before, during, and after avalanches on Mars

Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves

Emily Lakdawalla • February 29, 2008

Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves

Pretty pictures from Cassini: Rhea, Saturn, and Janus

Emily Lakdawalla • February 28, 2008

Pretty pictures from Cassini: Rhea, Saturn, and Janus

Carnival of Space #43

Emily Lakdawalla • February 28, 2008

Carnival of Space #43

Five Myths About the Satellite Smash-Up

Emily Lakdawalla • February 27, 2008

Five Myths About the Satellite Smash-Up

How dark is your sky?

Emily Lakdawalla • February 27, 2008

How dark is your sky?

Tag it, track it!

Emily Lakdawalla • February 27, 2008

Tag it, track it!

Chandrayaan-1 launch delayed to July

Emily Lakdawalla • February 26, 2008

Chandrayaan-1 launch delayed to July

Apophis Mission Design Winners Announced!

Emily Lakdawalla • February 26, 2008

Apophis Mission Design Winners Announced!

Ulysses to fall silent, its voyage to continue forever

Emily Lakdawalla • February 25, 2008

Ulysses to fall silent, its voyage to continue forever

White Rock through the ages: Mars Global Surveyor (1997-2006)

Emily Lakdawalla • February 22, 2008

We first spotted the strange bright feature colloquially known as "White Rock" in Mariner 9 images from 1972, and revisited it, without learning much more, in Viking images from the late 1970s.

Carnival of space #42

Emily Lakdawalla • February 21, 2008

Carnival of space #42

Dark-halo craters on Mercury

Emily Lakdawalla • February 21, 2008

Dark-halo craters on Mercury

Lunar eclipse tonight

Emily Lakdawalla • February 20, 2008

Lunar eclipse tonight

Showing off Saturn's moons

Emily Lakdawalla • February 19, 2008

There was a press release from the Cassini mission today about a pile of papers (14 of them!) being published in the journal Icarus about Saturn's icy moons. I haven't had time to read more than the overview article yet, but I wanted to come up with a graphic for an overview of Saturn's moons, and I couldn't resist delving into the massive database of Cassini images to produce something new

"Moon?"

Emily Lakdawalla • February 18, 2008

It's a legal holiday here in the U.S. (President's day), and my daughter's babysitter is taking the day off, so I won't be getting much work done today. But I thought I'd check in to share the fact that, as we got out of the car last week, my daughter pointed up in the sky at the crescent moon and said "Dat!" so I gave her the word, "Moon."

Accounting for general relativity at Mercury

Emily Lakdawalla • February 15, 2008

Accounting for general relativity at Mercury

Carnival of space #41

Emily Lakdawalla • February 15, 2008

Carnival of space #41

Nonfunctioning descending U.S. spy satellite to be blown up

Emily Lakdawalla • February 14, 2008

Nonfunctioning descending U.S. spy satellite to be blown up

Triple near-Earth asteroid discovered

Emily Lakdawalla • February 13, 2008

Triple near-Earth asteroid discovered

White Rock through the ages: Viking (1976-1980)

Emily Lakdawalla • February 13, 2008

This is the second installment in my look at one enigmatic feature on Mars as seen by all its orbiters through the more than thirty years of spacecraft observations.

Opportunity watches the clouds drift by

Emily Lakdawalla • February 12, 2008

Opportunity is now following a rather leisurely autumn schedule, according to the latest update on the mission website. Some of the work Opportunity is doing involves staring skyward, looking for patterns in the clouds that pass overhead at this time of year. One of the guys at unmannedspaceflight.com has put together some nifty animations of the wispy cloud patterns.

Two Things to Watch Tomorrow

Emily Lakdawalla • February 11, 2008

Two Things to Watch Tomorrow

White Rock through the ages: Mariner 9, 1972

Emily Lakdawalla • February 08, 2008

While conversing with Ken Edgett about the smiley face on Mars he remarked to me how different Mars looks at different pixel scales, and in particular that there is a transition somewhere in the neighborhood of six to seven meters per pixel.

Atlantis and Columbus embark for the International Space Station

Emily Lakdawalla • February 07, 2008

Atlantis and Columbus embark for the International Space Station

Name a telescope in 25 words or less

Emily Lakdawalla • February 07, 2008

Name a telescope in 25 words or less

Finding images from Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • February 06, 2008

There have been so many missions to Mars, which have sent back so much data, that figuring out how to find images of places on Mars can be really overwhelming.

NASA's 2009 budget

Emily Lakdawalla • February 05, 2008

NASA's 2009 budget

Lecture by G. Madhavan Nair, chairman of ISRO

Emily Lakdawalla • February 04, 2008

Lecture by G. Madhavan Nair, chairman of ISRO

WD5 most likely missed Mars, but we may never know

Emily Lakdawalla • February 04, 2008

WD5 most likely missed Mars, but we may never know

Have a happy day on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • February 01, 2008

I thought this was a fun image to kick off the weekend. This isn't the first happy-looking crater to be photographed from Mars, but I really like this one; it's more goofy.

Target Earth, asking candidates about science, SETI, and the rovers

Emily Lakdawalla • February 01, 2008

Target Earth, asking candidates about science, SETI, and the rovers

Ride along with Cassini at Saturn!

Emily Lakdawalla • January 31, 2008

Ride along with Cassini at Saturn!

First science results from the MESSENGER Mercury flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • January 30, 2008

First science results from the MESSENGER Mercury flyby

MESSENGER's First Mercury Flyby Reveals a "Whole New Planet"

Emily Lakdawalla • January 30, 2008

Just two weeks after MESSENGER's first flyby of Mercury, the mission's science team presented their first impressions from the long-awaited second look at the innermost planet.

Hubble is pointing at 2007 WD5 (and Mars) tomorrow

Emily Lakdawalla • January 29, 2008

Hubble is pointing at 2007 WD5 (and Mars) tomorrow

Asteroid near misses are disconcertingly common

Emily Lakdawalla • January 28, 2008

Asteroid near misses are disconcertingly common

Back-of-the-envelope calculations on Mercury

Emily Lakdawalla • January 25, 2008

Back-of-the-envelope calculations on Mercury

Pluto is still a long, long way away

Emily Lakdawalla • January 25, 2008

Pluto is still a long, long way away

I spy Callisto

Emily Lakdawalla • January 24, 2008

I spy Callisto

Teeny little Bigfoot on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • January 23, 2008

The story of a Sasquatch-shaped rock visible in a recent panorama from Spirit is getting a lot of play in the mainstream media, but fortunately, it's not being taken very seriously. (My favorite take on this picture is the lead from the Times Online story about it: "Is it a rock? A trick of Martian light on the eye? Or Osama Bin Laden waving from his barren hideout 300 million miles from planet Earth?")

Mercury in color

Emily Lakdawalla • January 22, 2008

Mercury in color

Playing around with some New Horizons data

Emily Lakdawalla • January 21, 2008

Playing around with some New Horizons data

MESSENGER's First Mercury Flyby Highly Successful

Emily Lakdawalla • January 18, 2008

MESSENGER's First Mercury Flyby Highly Successful

MESSENGER's First Mercury Flyby Highly Successful

Emily Lakdawalla • January 18, 2008

On the evening of Tuesday, January 15, the MESSENGER science team crowded around a computer screen, anxiously awaiting their first view of the previously unseen hemisphere of Mercury.

Looking over Mercury's limb

Emily Lakdawalla • January 17, 2008

Looking over Mercury's limb

New MESSENGER image release: Mercury at high resolution

Emily Lakdawalla • January 16, 2008

New MESSENGER image release: Mercury at high resolution

Things I think are cool in the first MESSENGER image of Mercury

Emily Lakdawalla • January 15, 2008

Things I think are cool in the first MESSENGER image of Mercury

MESSENGER image released after all!

Emily Lakdawalla • January 15, 2008

MESSENGER image released after all!

MESSENGER update: no image until tomorrow morning

Emily Lakdawalla • January 15, 2008

MESSENGER update: no image until tomorrow morning

MESSENGER's signal has been reacquired!

Emily Lakdawalla • January 14, 2008

MESSENGER's signal has been reacquired!

MESSENGER has (probably) disappeared (but it's coming back)

Emily Lakdawalla • January 14, 2008

MESSENGER has (probably) disappeared (but it's coming back)

Just a million kilometers away

Emily Lakdawalla • January 13, 2008

Just a million kilometers away

The latest from Mercury

Emily Lakdawalla • January 12, 2008

The latest from Mercury

Titan's south pole looks pretty dry

Emily Lakdawalla • January 11, 2008

One of the major results from the Cassini mission last year was the production of a mosaic of images from its RADAR instrument covering Titan's north pole. Titan's north pole has lakes upon lakes, some big, some small, but everywhere you look, there they are.

Mercury's getting bigger...

Emily Lakdawalla • January 11, 2008

Mercury's getting bigger...

MESSENGER flyby preview

Emily Lakdawalla • January 10, 2008

MESSENGER flyby preview

Mars impact chance drops to 1 in 10,000, which may as well be zero

Emily Lakdawalla • January 10, 2008

Mars impact chance drops to 1 in 10,000, which may as well be zero

MESSENGER Set for First Spacecraft Swing Past Mercury in 33 Years

Emily Lakdawalla • January 10, 2008

Mercury scientists' very long wait for new data from a spacecraft at Mercury will finally come to an end on Monday, when MESSENGER makes its first close approach to the innermost planet.

MESSENGER's cameras are working

Emily Lakdawalla • January 09, 2008

MESSENGER's cameras are working

Mars impact probability now 1 in 40

Emily Lakdawalla • January 08, 2008

Mars impact probability now 1 in 40

American Astronomical Society meeting in Austin this week

Emily Lakdawalla • January 08, 2008

American Astronomical Society meeting in Austin this week

Maybe, possibly, a nuclear-powered Discovery mission?

Emily Lakdawalla • January 08, 2008

Maybe, possibly, a nuclear-powered Discovery mission?

MESSENGER's first Mercury flyby is coming up

Emily Lakdawalla • January 07, 2008

MESSENGER's first Mercury flyby is coming up

Antares tours Saturn's rings

Emily Lakdawalla • January 04, 2008

Antares dims and brightens as it passes behind the rings as seen from Cassini in this animation.

GRAIL, the next Discovery mission

Emily Lakdawalla • January 04, 2008

GRAIL, the next Discovery mission

Amazing Saturn ring-plane crossing animation

Emily Lakdawalla • January 03, 2008

Amazing Saturn ring-plane crossing animation

Carnival of Space #35

Emily Lakdawalla • January 03, 2008

Carnival of Space #35

Mars impact chances at 1 in 28

Emily Lakdawalla • January 02, 2008

Mars impact chances at 1 in 28

Mimas and the F ring

Emily Lakdawalla • January 02, 2008

Mimas and the F ring

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