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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

Just after Akatsuki missed entering orbit, another spacecraft, IKAROS, quietly passed by Venus.

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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

I attended all day Tuesday of the Division of Planetary Sciences meeting on October 5. The afternoon session on Tuesday was a grab bag about different small objects in the outermost solar system.

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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

Several astronomers pointed their telescope at Eris to watch it pass in front of a background star. Occultations permit precise measurement of the diameters of distant, faint objects, and it turned out that Eris was much smaller than previously thought, so much so that its diameter may turn out to be the same as, or even smaller than, Pluto's.

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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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