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Emily Lakdawalla's blogs from 2009

Updates from the Arctic Mars Analogue Svalbard Expedition (AMASE)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/26 05:45 CDT

Updates from the Arctic Mars Analogue Svalbard Expedition (AMASE)

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Happy 3rd anniversary of the Spirit landing!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/26 02:03 CDT

"Third anniversary?" some of you may be asking. "Hasn't it been more like five years since Spirit landed?" Five Earth years, yes. But today is the third anniversary of the landing, measured in Mars years.

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Planetary Radio Q and A: Why isn't New Horizons stopping at Pluto?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/25 02:27 CDT

Planetary Radio Q and A: Why isn't New Horizons stopping at Pluto?

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"Mama, there's something out the window!"

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/24 11:10 CDT

"Mama, there's something out the window!"

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Stephen Colbert: "It has been a true honor to make merciless fun of you this year."

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/24 07:30 CDT

Stephen Colbert: "It has been a true honor to make merciless fun of you this year."

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A sunset into the dust

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/24 12:37 CDT

While Spirit has been stuck at Troy, it's been taking numerous opportunities to capture photos with dramatic twilight lighting. On sol 2,002 (three sols ago, or August 21), it gazed toward the setting Sun, snapping the shutter roughly once a minute.

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Carnival of Space #117

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/24 09:50 CDT

Carnival of Space #117

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A week of Tweets

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/21 05:10 CDT

A week of Tweets

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Finally, I write about Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera photos

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/21 04:59 CDT

Finally, I write about Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera photos

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Dawn on the northern face of Saturn's rings

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/20 02:51 CDT

Dawn on the northern face of Saturn's rings

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The July-August 2009 issue of The Planetary Report is out, with Buzz Aldrin

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/20 02:19 CDT

The July-August 2009 issue of The Planetary Report is out, with Buzz Aldrin

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What's up in the solar system in August 2009

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/19 12:46 CDT

What's up in the solar system in August 2009

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Io eclipses and transits Ganymede

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/18 04:54 CDT

Io eclipses and transits Ganymede

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Planetary Radio Q and A: What's Jupiter made of? Part 2

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/18 03:14 CDT

Planetary Radio Q and A: What's Jupiter made of? Part 2

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Carnival of Space #116

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/18 12:58 CDT

Carnival of Space #116

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Send a message to the aliens

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/17 01:51 CDT

Send a message to the aliens

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Uranian crescents

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/17 01:11 CDT

Uranian crescents

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This will be one spectacular Saturn mosaic when it's assembled properly

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/14 06:41 CDT

This will be one spectacular Saturn mosaic when it's assembled properly

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A week of Tweets

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/14 12:20 CDT

A week of Tweets

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New image of Opportunity on Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/14 11:06 CDT

I really can't explain why it didn't occur to me to search for the rover in the image of Victoria crater released by the HiRISE team on Wednesday.

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The Jupiter Impact

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/13 02:38 CDT

The Jupiter Impact

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The latest from the 2009 Arctic Mars Analogue Svalbard Expedition

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/13 02:28 CDT

The latest from the 2009 Arctic Mars Analogue Svalbard Expedition

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Images from equinox!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/12 01:57 CDT

Images from equinox!

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Mars eye candy: New oblique view of Victoria crater

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/12 12:59 CDT

Today the HiRISE team released a lovely new view of Victoria crater, taken nearly a year after the Opportunity rover departed it.

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Happy Saturn equinox day!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/11 12:38 CDT

Happy Saturn equinox day!

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Carnival of Space #115

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/11 12:26 CDT

Carnival of Space #115

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Planetary Radio Q and A: What's Jupiter made of?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/10 06:10 CDT

Planetary Radio Q and A: What's Jupiter made of?

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Saturn's equinox: Saturnshine and moon shadows

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/10 03:28 CDT

Saturn's equinox: Saturnshine and moon shadows

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Saturn's equinox: Daphnis' shadow and wake

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/07 07:30 CDT

Saturn's equinox: Daphnis' shadow and wake

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My Tweets this week

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/07 04:45 CDT

My Tweets this week

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Triple asteroid 1994 CC rotation animation

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/06 10:39 CDT

From the "just plain cool" department. I love animations of planetary images and I love radar images of asteroids -- so this animation is doubly cool.

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Reports from the 2009 AMASE Field Expedition

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/06 07:00 CDT

Reports from the 2009 AMASE Field Expedition

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An "amateur" discovers moons in old Voyager images

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/05 01:25 CDT

An "amateur" discovers moons in old Voyager images

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The Earth from the Sky, and the Sky from the Earth

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/03 04:59 CDT

The Earth from the Sky, and the Sky from the Earth

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Hi, I'm back!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/03 01:35 CDT

Hi, I'm back!

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Titan in 3D

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/07/24 02:57 CDT

Titan in 3D

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Webcast of Ulysses last day of operations

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/06/30 05:00 CDT

Webcast of Ulysses last day of operations

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New Updates on LRO and LCROSS

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/06/26 05:42 CDT

New Updates on LRO and LCROSS

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Planning for Pluto

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/06/12 01:39 CDT

Planning for Pluto

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"My First Reaction Was to Look Away From It....It Was Too Beautiful"

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/05/22 06:20 CDT

"My First Reaction Was to Look Away From It....It Was Too Beautiful"

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LRO & LCROSS Up-Close Tour

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/05/19 12:58 CDT

LRO & LCROSS Up-Close Tour

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Hubble Spacewalks: 2 Down, 3 to Go, Never Routine

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/05/18 02:03 CDT

Hubble Spacewalks: 2 Down, 3 to Go, Never Routine

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Atlantis Astronauts Rocket into Space and Grab Hubble

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/05/14 03:24 CDT

Atlantis Astronauts Rocket into Space and Grab Hubble

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One-on-One Chat with Ed Weiler on Hubble and the Future of Mars Exploration

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/05/14 01:54 CDT

One-on-One Chat with Ed Weiler on Hubble and the Future of Mars Exploration

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Atlantis Launches on a Final Mission to Hubble

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/05/11 01:49 CDT

Atlantis Launches on a Final Mission to Hubble

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Fueling Atlantis! T Minus 6 Hours and Counting

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/05/11 10:44 CDT

Fueling Atlantis! T Minus 6 Hours and Counting

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Atlantis Exposed to the Heavens -- T Minus 14 Hours from Blast-off to Hubble

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/05/11 10:23 CDT

Atlantis Exposed to the Heavens -- T Minus 14 Hours from Blast-off to Hubble

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"Go" at T-2 days from launch -- Hubble Science Instruments Preview

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/05/10 01:05 CDT

"Go" at T-2 days from launch -- Hubble Science Instruments Preview

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Astronauts Fly into Cape. Countdown Clock Ticking for Mission to Save "The People's Telescope"

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/05/10 12:50 CDT

Astronauts Fly into Cape. Countdown Clock Ticking for Mission to Save "The People's Telescope"

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NASA's Final Servicing Mission to the Hubble Space Telescope

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/05/07 06:09 CDT

NASA's Final Servicing Mission to the Hubble Space Telescope

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Goodbye for a while

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/04/26 09:27 CDT

Goodbye for a while

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Big Picture and other good links for today

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/04/21 04:28 CDT

Big Picture and other good links for today

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Spirit Update: Generally healthy, but "amnesiac?"

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/04/21 12:26 CDT

Spirit Update: Generally healthy, but "amnesiac?"

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A couple of space carnivals

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/04/20 09:44 CDT

A couple of space carnivals

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What to do if the big one is headed our way?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/04/16 04:55 CDT

What to do if the big one is headed our way?

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COLBERT is going to space!!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/04/14 11:00 CDT

COLBERT is going to space!!

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Ted Stryk: Europa Jupiter System Mission Colloquium

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/04/14 12:08 CDT

Ted Stryk: Europa Jupiter System Mission Colloquium

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Spirit hiccup

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/04/13 05:57 CDT

Another of those dreaded "status reports" from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory arrived in my mailbox just now.

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Moon shadow, moon shadow

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/04/13 02:05 CDT

Moon shadow, moon shadow

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Update on the Mars dust event

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/04/09 04:18 CDT

Update on the Mars dust event

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Kepler's removed the lens cap

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/04/08 12:54 CDT

Kepler's removed the lens cap

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LPSC: Friday afternoon on Martian basins and planning for future lunar missions

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/04/07 11:55 CDT

LPSC: Friday afternoon on Martian basins and planning for future lunar missions

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Spirit's got a clear path to Von Braun

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/04/06 06:43 CDT

Spirit's got a clear path to Von Braun

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Sorry for the quiet last week -- time to catch up

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/04/06 12:42 CDT

Sorry for the quiet last week -- time to catch up

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Space Carnival & new Chandrayaan-1 Earth photo

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/04/02 01:43 CDT

Space Carnival & new Chandrayaan-1 Earth photo

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Mars Action Weather Report: A dust event is brewing in the south

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/31 01:53 CDT

Mars Action Weather Report: A dust event is brewing in the south

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LPSC: Friday morning session on future missions

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/27 06:06 CDT

LPSC: Friday morning session on future missions

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LPSC: Thursday's posters

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/27 03:05 CDT

LPSC: Thursday's posters

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Aurora expedition: The end

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/27 12:33 CDT

Aurora expedition: The end

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Look! It's a near-Earth asteroid!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/26 08:45 CDT

Look! It's a near-Earth asteroid!

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Cool photo: Venus' crescent

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/26 04:54 CDT

Cool photo: Venus' crescent

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LPSC: Asteroids and Mercury

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/26 04:52 CDT

LPSC: Asteroids and Mercury

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Brown-Vernadsky Microsymposium 2009: The talks

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/26 03:56 CDT

Brown-Vernadsky Microsymposium 2009: The talks

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LPSC: Triton's crescent

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/25 06:55 CDT

LPSC: Triton's crescent

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LPSC: Saltwater at the Phoenix landing site?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/25 01:29 CDT

LPSC: Saltwater at the Phoenix landing site?

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Mars Express VMC is back online!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/25 12:12 CDT

Mars Express VMC is back online!

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Aurora Expedition: Aurorae and a volcano

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/24 06:02 CDT

Aurora Expedition: Aurorae and a volcano

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LPSC, Day 2: Morning sessions on our Moon and Saturn's moons

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/24 03:17 CDT

LPSC, Day 2: Morning sessions on our Moon and Saturn's moons

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Brown-Vernadsky Microsymposium 2009: Introduction

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/24 02:09 CDT

Brown-Vernadsky Microsymposium 2009: Introduction

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Spirit puts the pedal to the metal

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/24 10:15 CDT

Way to go, Spirit! The last two drives for the five-wheeled rover have taken it a total of about 40 meters west, traveling around the north edge of Home Plate. If I'm not mistaken, that's more than Spirit has driven in the last 400 sols combined.

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Name Orcus' moon!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/24 01:10 CDT

Name Orcus' moon!

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LPSC, Day 1: Phoenix, morning session

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/23 04:13 CDT

LPSC, Day 1: Phoenix, morning session

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Aurora Expedition: From Seward to Anchorage to Fairbanks

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/23 10:29 CDT

Aurora Expedition: From Seward to Anchorage to Fairbanks

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Attack of the dust donuts

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/20 05:45 CDT

Attack of the dust donuts

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Aurora Expedition: Arrival

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/20 01:31 CDT

Aurora Expedition: Arrival

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Learning about the little things beyond Neptune by studying binaries

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/19 02:25 CDT

Learning about the little things beyond Neptune by studying binaries

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Hubble catches a quadruple transit

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/17 02:09 CDT

Hubble catches a quadruple transit

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Take a field trip to Arizona

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/16 09:31 CDT

Take a field trip to Arizona

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Carnival of Space #94

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/15 10:24 CDT

Carnival of Space #94

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I have an announcement to make

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/13 07:57 CDT

I have an announcement to make

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Ulysses: Still not dead yet

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/13 01:39 CDT

Ulysses: Still not dead yet

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New Horizons spots Triton

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/12 04:30 CDT

New Horizons spots Triton

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"Status reports" on Mars Odyssey and the Cassini Saturn orbiter

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/12 12:19 CDT

"Status reports" on Mars Odyssey and the Cassini Saturn orbiter

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A first map of Io, revisited

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/10 12:32 CDT

A first map of Io, revisited

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Quick Kepler update

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/10 12:28 CDT

Quick Kepler update

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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter eye candy: HiRISE images Deimos

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/09 04:05 CDT

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter eye candy: HiRISE images Deimos

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Kepler launch is coming soon, and I'm Twittering

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/06 08:30 CST

Kepler launch is coming soon, and I'm Twittering

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Carnival of Space #93: From our own planet, to exoplanets

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/06 04:17 CST

Carnival of Space #93: From our own planet, to exoplanets

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What are the rovers up to?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/05 02:15 CST

As usual, troubled Spirit's progress sometimes amounts to only centimeters, while golden child Opportunity has already clocked four kilometers on its trek toward Endeavour.

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"On Point" tomorrow at 8 am Pacific (1600 UTC)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/05 01:19 CST

"On Point" tomorrow at 8 am Pacific (1600 UTC)

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