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Emily Lakdawalla's blogs from 2010

Door 31 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/31 09:41 CST

Door 31 in the 2010 advent calendar

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Bye bye, Kodachrome, but "Kodak moments" will live on in space

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/31 08:04 CST

Bye bye, Kodachrome, but "Kodak moments" will live on in space

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Door 30 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/30 03:39 CST

Door 30 in the 2010 advent calendar

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The Year in Pictures: 2010

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/30 03:28 CST

The Year in Pictures: 2010

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What's up in the solar system in January 2011 - and the rest of the year in preview

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/30 02:53 CST

What's up in the solar system in January 2011 - and the rest of the year in preview

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Door 29 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/29 12:25 CST

Door 29 in the 2010 advent calendar

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A unique look inside the SOFIA telescope and other cool stuff

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/29 12:14 CST

A unique look inside the SOFIA telescope and other cool stuff

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SOHO's 2000th comet

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/29 11:36 CST

SOHO's 2000th comet

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Door 28 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/28 08:37 CST

Door 28 in the 2010 advent calendar

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365 Days of Astronomy Podcast: Small Worlds

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/27 03:56 CST

365 Days of Astronomy Podcast: Small Worlds

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Door 27 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/27 03:48 CST

Door 27 in the 2010 advent calendar

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1000 Akatsukis; "Faulty valve caused Akatsuki failure"

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/27 03:27 CST

1000 Akatsukis; "Faulty valve caused Akatsuki failure"

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Door 26 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/26 02:00 CST

Door 26 in the 2010 advent calendar

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Door 25 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/25 12:25 CST

Door 25 in the 2010 advent calendar

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Door 24 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/24 04:28 CST

Door 24 in the 2010 advent calendar

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Door 23 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/23 02:56 CST

Door 23 in the 2010 advent calendar

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Door 22 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/22 03:32 CST

Door 22 in the 2010 advent calendar

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Mimas wanders in to view

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/21 02:53 CST

Mimas wanders in to view

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Door 21 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/21 12:48 CST

Door 21 in the 2010 advent calendar

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Akatsuki update: more detail on first failure report

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/20 01:27 CST

Akatsuki update: more detail on first failure report

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Door 20 in the 2010 advent calendar (special news update)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/20 11:07 CST

Door 20 in the 2010 advent calendar (special news update)

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Lunar eclipse tonight, mid-eclipse at 08:17 Dec 21 UT

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/20 10:55 CST

Lunar eclipse tonight, mid-eclipse at 08:17 Dec 21 UT

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Door 19 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/19 08:51 CST

Door 19 in the 2010 advent calendar

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Door 18 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/18 04:32 CST

Door 18 in the 2010 advent calendar

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Updates on Hayabusa and Akatsuki: second chamber opened, possible engine nozzle breakage

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/17 10:44 CST

Updates on Hayabusa and Akatsuki: second chamber opened, possible engine nozzle breakage

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Door 17 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/17 10:16 CST

Door 17 in the 2010 advent calendar

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Door 16 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/16 01:40 CST

Door 16 in the 2010 advent calendar

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Help to hunt for planets!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/16 01:38 CST

Help to hunt for planets!

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Door 15 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/15 03:51 CST

Door 15 in the 2010 advent calendar

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Opportunity drives within 20 meters of Santa Maria, spots alligator's tail

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/15 02:40 CST

Today Opportunity has driven to within 20 meters of Santa Maria crater, and the blocks around it are really, really cool-looking. This one is a dead ringer for the severed tail of an alligator.

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Phobos Photobomb

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/15 12:48 CST

Phobos Photobomb

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Door 14 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/14 05:01 CST

Door 14 in the 2010 advent calendar

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Opportunity: "So close we can taste it" to Santa Maria

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/14 01:18 CST

Opportunity is on a kilometers-long eastward road trip across Meridiani Planum toward the rim of a large ancient crater named Endeavour; it'll be many months yet before she gets there.

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IKAROS flew past Venus on December 8

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/14 10:22 CST

IKAROS flew past Venus on December 8

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Talk at AGU today: "Snapshots from Space"

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/13 04:11 CST

Talk at AGU today: "Snapshots from Space"

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Door 13 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/13 03:33 CST

Door 13 in the 2010 advent calendar

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Emily Martin: Boulders and Ponds on 433 Eros

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/13 12:10 CST

Emily Martin: Boulders and Ponds on 433 Eros

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Door 12 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/12 05:39 CST

Door 12 in the 2010 advent calendar

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Door 11 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/11 02:35 CST

Time to open the eleventh door in the advent calendar. Until the New Year, I'll be opening a door onto a different landscape from somewhere in the solar system. Where in the solar system are these sinuous ridges?

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Akatsuki update: Failure to enter orbit due to insufficient fuel pressure

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/10 05:26 CST

Akatsuki update: Failure to enter orbit due to insufficient fuel pressure

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NanoSail-D Mission Status Update

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/10 04:47 CST

NanoSail-D Mission Status Update

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I'll be presenting at the American Geophysical Union Meeting next week

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/10 04:10 CST

I'll be presenting at the American Geophysical Union Meeting next week

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Door 10 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/10 03:40 CST

Door 10 in the 2010 advent calendar

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Come back, Venus.....

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/09 10:04 CST

Come back, Venus.....

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Door 9 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/09 03:07 CST

Door 9 in the 2010 advent calendar

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Enjoy a year in space

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/09 12:11 CST

Enjoy a year in space

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Akatsuki update, two days later

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/09 12:03 CST

Akatsuki update, two days later

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Door 8 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/08 05:03 CST

Door 8 in the 2010 advent calendar

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SpaceX successfully launches Falcon 9; orbits, returns Dragon capsule

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/08 12:07 CST

SpaceX successfully launches Falcon 9; orbits, returns Dragon capsule

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Akatsuki update, a day after the failure to enter orbit

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/08 11:45 CST

Akatsuki update, a day after the failure to enter orbit

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Book reviews: Killing Pluto; Stars Above; Jars to Stars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/08 10:50 CST

Book reviews: Killing Pluto; Stars Above; Jars to Stars

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Akatsuki has failed to enter Venus orbit

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/07 07:15 CST

Akatsuki has failed to enter Venus orbit

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Door 7 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/07 12:56 CST

Door 7 in the 2010 advent calendar

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Akatsuki update: safe mode, still talking to Earth, but slowly

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/07 11:01 CST

Akatsuki update: safe mode, still talking to Earth, but slowly

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Something has not gone right with Akatsuki, but they have communications

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/06 09:07 CST

Something has not gone right with Akatsuki, but they have communications

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Door 6 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/06 12:48 CST

Door 6 in the 2010 advent calendar

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Akatsuki enters orbit at Venus today!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/06 12:30 CST

Akatsuki enters orbit at Venus today!

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Door 5 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/05 05:45 CST

Door 5 in the 2010 advent calendar

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Door 4 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/04 02:03 CST

Door 4 in the 2010 advent calendar

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Door 3 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/03 04:20 CST

Door 3 in the 2010 advent calendar

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Best "Arsenic and Odd Life" coverage

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/03 10:03 CST

Best "Arsenic and Odd Life" coverage

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Door 2 in the 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/02 03:28 CST

Door 2 in the 2010 advent calendar

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Arsenic and Deep Space?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/02 12:10 CST

Arsenic and Deep Space?

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Carnival of Space #179, Kids in Space, Lou's View

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/01 02:25 CST

Carnival of Space #179, Kids in Space, Lou's View

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Door 1 in the Planetary Society Blog 2010 advent calendar

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/12/01 11:05 CST

Door 1 in the Planetary Society Blog 2010 advent calendar

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What's up in the solar system in December 2010

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/30 05:11 CST

What's up in the solar system in December 2010

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What's the significance of this unremarkable spot on the Moon?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/29 08:38 CST

What's the significance of this unremarkable spot on the Moon?

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A few Mars Express Phobos goodies

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/26 02:13 CST

A few Mars Express Phobos goodies

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/25 11:54 CST

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Final set of Voyager Mission Status Bulletins: The Voyager 2 Neptune flyby and beyond

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/24 06:37 CST

Final set of Voyager Mission Status Bulletins: The Voyager 2 Neptune flyby and beyond

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ESA commits to extending 11 missions' space operations for 3 years

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/23 07:41 CST

ESA commits to extending 11 missions' space operations for 3 years

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Two signs we're living in the 21st century: SpaceX and Stardust

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/22 04:18 CST

Two signs we're living in the 21st century: SpaceX and Stardust

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Stars Above, Earth Below Calendars and other space gifty goodies

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/22 04:09 CST

Stars Above, Earth Below Calendars and other space gifty goodies

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Jupiter's outbreak is spreading

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/22 11:03 CST

Jupiter, always a pretty sight in the sky, is now worth visiting every day; the "outbreak" that heralds the return of Jupiter's formerly red, now fadedsouth equatorial belt is expanding and multiplying.

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Reviews of Ten Space-themed Books for Kids

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/19 04:38 CST

Reviews of Ten Space-themed Books for Kids

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Miscellany

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/18 05:31 CST

Miscellany

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Deep Impact at Hartley 2: Two weeks after the flyby

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/18 01:52 CST

Deep Impact at Hartley 2: Two weeks after the flyby

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Asteroids and comets to scale, including Hartley 2

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/18 10:52 CST | 1 comments

Asteroids and comets to scale, including Hartley 2

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A little more information on the Hayabusa samples from Itokawa

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/17 04:36 CST

A little more information on the Hayabusa samples from Itokawa

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A message from Bill Nye

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/17 04:34 CST

A message from Bill Nye

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365 Days of Astronomy Podcast: What's in a Science Meeting?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/17 10:39 CST

365 Days of Astronomy Podcast: What's in a Science Meeting?

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I can't wait for MAHLI to land on Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/16 03:39 CST

I can't wait for MAHLI to land on Mars

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JAXA announcement: Itokawa sample return successful!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/15 09:03 CST

JAXA announcement: Itokawa sample return successful!

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Five amazing engineering camera videos from Chang'E 2

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/14 03:26 CST

I couldn't believe these videos when I first saw them: five views from engineering cameras of important events in the Chang'E 2 spacecraft's journey to the Moon.

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First pictures from Chang'E 2 released

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/12 10:57 CST

First pictures from Chang'E 2 released

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The Disturbance is Starting

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/11 10:48 CST

Jupiter's faded belt may be coming back.

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DPS 2010: Centaurs and Trans-Neptunian objects

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/11 09:13 CST

DPS 2010: Centaurs and Trans-Neptunian objects

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Opportunity bags a few craters

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/10 04:46 CST

In the last few days, Opportunity's passed by several craters, and the rover drivers took advantage of the chance encounters for what they call "drive-by shooting" (a phrase I can't say I'm particularly fond of, but they didn't ask me).

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WISE's first brown (green?) dwarf

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/09 05:05 CST

WISE's first brown (green?) dwarf

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An awesome animation of Jupiter's clouds

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/09 02:18 CST

An awesome animation of Jupiter's clouds

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In which I finally write up last week's Deep Impact Hartley 2 press briefing

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/09 01:13 CST

In which I finally write up last week's Deep Impact Hartley 2 press briefing

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Eris might be smaller than Pluto after all (but it's still more massive)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/08 04:48 CST

Eris might be smaller than Pluto after all (but it's still more massive)

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Fly over Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/08 11:19 CST

Fly over Mars

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Hartley 2 compared to other comets, and in motion 3D

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/05 06:17 CDT

Hartley 2 compared to other comets, and in motion 3D

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Hartley 2's jets

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/04 04:44 CDT

Hartley 2's jets

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Animation of the five closest-approach Hartley 2 images

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/04 11:24 CDT

Animation of the five closest-approach Hartley 2 images

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Five close-approach images of Hartley 2 by Deep Impact, with commentary

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/04 10:58 CDT

Five close-approach images of Hartley 2 by Deep Impact, with commentary

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Close approach images of Hartley 2!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/04 10:24 CDT

Close approach images of Hartley 2!

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Deep Impact successfully passed closest approach, signal reaquired, data downlinking

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/04 09:16 CDT

Deep Impact successfully passed closest approach, signal reaquired, data downlinking

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Deep Impact's encounter with Hartley 2 is beginning; flyby in 17 hours

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/03 03:39 CDT

Deep Impact's encounter with Hartley 2 is beginning; flyby in 17 hours

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