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Emily Lakdawalla's blogs from 2010

Carnival of Space #176 and Lou's View

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/03 03:02 CDT

Carnival of Space #176 and Lou's View

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Deep Impact movies of outbursts from Hartley 2

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/01 10:38 CDT

Deep Impact movies of outbursts from Hartley 2

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Rover news; Earth-size exoplanets; Future of Russian space

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/01 03:50 CDT

Rover news; Earth-size exoplanets; Future of Russian space

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Three days until Deep Impact's encounter with Hartley 2

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/11/01 01:27 CDT

Three days until Deep Impact's encounter with Hartley 2

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Arecibo images show Hartley 2 is elongated

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/29 11:33 CDT

Comet Hartley 2, the target for Deep Impact's close flyby (now just six days away!) made its closest approach to Earth on October 20, at a distance of 17.7 million kilometers.

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Pretty picture: Three moons of Saturn

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/29 12:08 CDT

Pretty picture: Three moons of Saturn

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In which I report on w00tstock and wonder how to get nerds more excited about real space exploration

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/28 12:19 CDT

In which I report on w00tstock and wonder how to get nerds more excited about real space exploration

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What's up in the solar system in November 2010

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/27 02:37 CDT

What's up in the solar system in November 2010

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Timeline for the Phobos Sample Return Mission (Phobos Grunt)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/27 12:13 CDT

Timeline for the Phobos Sample Return Mission (Phobos Grunt)

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An update to the Cassini Tour Page

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/27 11:24 CDT

An update to the Cassini Tour Page

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Holy cow, is it really the 175th Carnival of Space already?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/26 10:18 CDT

Holy cow, is it really the 175th Carnival of Space already?

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A couple of tidbits from today's Deep Impact preview briefing

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/26 03:01 CDT

A couple of tidbits from today's Deep Impact preview briefing

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DPS 2010: Pluto and Charon opposition surges, Nix and Hydra masses, Pluto and Eris compositions

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/25 11:18 CDT

An awful lot of the talks in the Pluto session on Tuesday morning, October 5, at the Division of Planetary Sciences meeting spent more time focusing on how bad weather conditions were during the astronomers' attempts to view Pluto as it occulted background stars than they did on any measurements or science that came out from the data.

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Curiosity Cam: Watch Men and Women in White build a Mars rover live!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/22 01:33 CDT

Curiosity Cam: Watch Men and Women in White build a Mars rover live!

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Tyler Nordgren's awesome "Planetary Park" posters

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/22 12:49 CDT

Tyler Nordgren's awesome "Planetary Park" posters

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LCROSS finds lots of water in accessible places at the Moon's south pole -- but we'll have to tread carefully

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/21 06:03 CDT

LCROSS finds lots of water in accessible places at the Moon's south pole -- but we'll have to tread carefully

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DPS 2010: Triton's craters, a friendly dispute

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/21 11:33 CDT

DPS 2010: Triton's craters, a friendly dispute

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Hey Federal employees! Send your CFC funds to the Planetary Society

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/21 11:30 CDT

Hey Federal employees! Send your CFC funds to the Planetary Society

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A Rhea flyby and a cloudy Titan with Tethys in color

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/20 02:02 CDT

A Rhea flyby and a cloudy Titan with Tethys in color

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Meeting the President and a Few Other Amazing People

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/19 06:51 CDT

Meeting the President and a Few Other Amazing People

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365 Days of Astronomy to Continue in 2011!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/19 12:48 CDT

365 Days of Astronomy to Continue in 2011!

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Every-other-line truncation of Cassini images

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/19 12:34 CDT

Every-other-line truncation of Cassini images

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Deep Impact Hartley 2 encounter timeline

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/18 06:27 CDT

Deep Impact Hartley 2 encounter timeline

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Voyager Mission Status Bulletins: The Voyager 2 Uranus flyby

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/15 03:45 CDT

Voyager Mission Status Bulletins: The Voyager 2 Uranus flyby

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Crack the code for a message from Mars, redux

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/14 07:02 CDT

Waaaay back when Spirit and Opportunity landed on Mars in January 2004, the Planetary Society helped the public participate in the missions with a number of projects, including one where we printed "secret codes" around the edges of the two names-bearing DVDs that were bolted to the Mars Exploration Rover landers.

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Congratulations to the IKAROS team for their "8th Web Creation Award"

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/13 05:07 CDT

This news is a little old but worth mentioning: On September 9, the Japanese solar sail mission, IKAROS, won a Web award in Japan for their work to publicize the mission via Twitter.

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"A very sad story": No rings for Rhea after all

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/12 04:30 CDT

"A very sad story": No rings for Rhea after all

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Space Station transit of Venus

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/11 11:20 CDT

Space Station transit of Venus

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Six moons with one shot

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/09 05:46 CDT

Six moons with one shot

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DPS 2010: Friday morning at Titan's surface

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/08 06:40 CDT

DPS 2010: Friday morning at Titan's surface

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I'm part of the conspiracy, apparently

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/08 04:47 CDT

I'm part of the conspiracy, apparently

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New Hubble images and rotation movie of Vesta

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/08 04:19 CDT

New Hubble images and rotation movie of Vesta

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Chang'E 2 update: in orbit and returning data

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/08 11:34 CDT

Chang'E 2 update: in orbit and returning data

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Little notes from Monday at DPS 2010: Iapetus, Kiviuq, LHB, Steins, Cherry Gary, and more

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/06 11:24 CDT

Little notes from Monday at DPS 2010: Iapetus, Kiviuq, LHB, Steins, Cherry Gary, and more

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DPS 2010: Making Saturn's rings and moons all at once

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/06 05:26 CDT

DPS 2010: Making Saturn's rings and moons all at once

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I'm So Proud 2: Announcing AmateurSpaceImages.com

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/05 03:48 CDT

I'm So Proud 2: Announcing AmateurSpaceImages.com

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I'm so proud 1: UnmannedSpaceflight.com now partnered with the Planetary Society

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/05 03:46 CDT

I'm so proud 1: UnmannedSpaceflight.com now partnered with the Planetary Society

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Great news for asteroid surveys from WISE and Arecibo

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/04 10:35 CDT

Great news for asteroid surveys from WISE and Arecibo

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Fourth MSL Landing Site Workshop: Day 3: Final discussion

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/02 10:39 CDT

Fourth MSL Landing Site Workshop: Day 3: Final discussion

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Pretty picture: High-res color view of Prometheus and the F ring

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/01 11:23 CDT

Pretty picture: High-res color view of Prometheus and the F ring

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Division of Planetary Sciences meeting next week; Career Panel Sunday

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/01 04:58 CDT

Division of Planetary Sciences meeting next week; Career Panel Sunday

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Fourth MSL Landing Site Workshop: Day 3: Engineering constraints

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/01 02:36 CDT

Fourth MSL Landing Site Workshop: Day 3: Engineering constraints

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Lou Friedman congratulates China

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/01 12:19 CDT

Lou Friedman congratulates China

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Chang'E 2 launches to the Moon

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/10/01 11:31 CDT

Chang'E 2 launches to the Moon

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Mars Climate Sounder Watches Mars Weather to Prepare for Curiosity Landing

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/30 12:46 CDT

Mars Climate Sounder Watches Mars Weather to Prepare for Curiosity Landing

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Chang'E 2 launches in less than 24 hours, weather permitting

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/30 12:04 CDT

Chang'E 2 launches in less than 24 hours, weather permitting

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Fourth MSL Landing Site Workshop: Day 2: Reports from Ryan Anderson

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/30 11:37 CDT

Fourth MSL Landing Site Workshop: Day 2: Reports from Ryan Anderson

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Carnival of Space #171 and Planetary Radio on Science on the ISS

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/30 11:33 CDT

Carnival of Space #171 and Planetary Radio on Science on the ISS

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What's up in the solar system in October 2010

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/29 01:34 CDT

What's up in the solar system in October 2010

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Fourth MSL Landing Site Workshop: Day 1 notes: Introduction, biosignatures, and mineralogy

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/28 05:57 CDT

Fourth MSL Landing Site Workshop: Day 1 notes: Introduction, biosignatures, and mineralogy

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China to launch Chang'E 2 on Friday, October 1

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/28 12:14 CDT

China to launch Chang'E 2 on Friday, October 1

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Fourth MSL Landing Site Workshop: A review

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/27 05:59 CDT

Fourth MSL Landing Site Workshop: A review

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Voyager Mission Status Bulletins: Jupiter and Saturn

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/24 01:27 CDT

Voyager Mission Status Bulletins: Jupiter and Saturn

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Review: Recess Monkey: The Final Funktier

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/24 12:13 CDT

Review: Recess Monkey: The Final Funktier

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Venus: Not so neat and tidy as we thought

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/23 12:12 CDT

Pioneer Venus discovered a stable "dipole" near Venus' north pole, and Venus Express found the same thing near Venus' south pole. Except now Venus Express has found it's not as stable as once thought.

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Opportunity rolls up to Oileán Ruaidh

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/22 05:17 CDT

Opportunity is continuing to make tracks toward Endeavour crater, but just because she's got a goal for her road trip doesn't mean she won't stop and smell the flowers from time to time. Er, did I say "flowers?" I meant "meteorites."

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Deep Impact approaching Hartley 2

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/22 04:23 CDT

Deep Impact approaching Hartley 2

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Pretty picture: Europa and Jupiter

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/21 05:29 CDT

Pretty picture: Europa and Jupiter

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Seeing Curiosity

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/20 04:32 CDT

Seeing Curiosity

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It's International Observe the Moon Night

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/18 05:06 CDT

It's International Observe the Moon Night

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An unusual Hubble photo of Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/17 05:20 CDT

An unusual Hubble photo of Mars

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Beyond Earth T-shirt features 23 space missions

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/17 11:19 CDT | 2 comments

Beyond Earth T-shirt features 23 space missions

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Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter press briefing: silicic volcanoes on the Moon

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/16 01:56 CDT

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter press briefing: silicic volcanoes on the Moon

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Opportunity's rocky road ahead, good news for an aging rover

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/15 04:38 CDT

What a difference a couple of months of driving make. Here's the sort of view of the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's road ahead that I'm accustomed to, taken two months ago.

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Mars As Art

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/15 12:41 CDT

Mars As Art

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The Voyager Mission Updates

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/14 01:39 CDT

The Voyager Mission Updates

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Carnival of Space #169

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/14 01:29 CDT

Carnival of Space #169

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Book review: Older than the Stars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/14 11:15 CDT

Book review: Older than the Stars

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Browse the Cassini RPWS data set

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/13 03:14 CDT

Browse the Cassini RPWS data set

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365 Days of Astronomy Podcast: The Flight of Hayabusa

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/12 10:50 CDT

Today the 365 Days of Astronomy podcast aired my contribution, The Flight of Hayabusa, a recap of that dramatic mission.

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Pretty picture: crescent Dione

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/10 04:02 CDT

Pretty picture: crescent Dione

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NASA: NOT Grounded

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/09 11:40 CDT

NASA: NOT Grounded

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China's Yinghuo-1 Mars Orbiter

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/09 05:12 CDT

China's Yinghuo-1 Mars Orbiter

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Early warning for close approaches of two house-sized asteroids

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/08 01:31 CDT

Early warning for close approaches of two house-sized asteroids

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Deep Impact snaps first image of flyby target comet Hartley 2

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/08 12:51 CDT

Deep Impact snaps first image of flyby target comet Hartley 2

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Two natural bridges on the Moon (now with 3D!)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/07 01:28 CDT

Two natural bridges on the Moon (now with 3D!)

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Neptune from two slightly different perspectives

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/06 10:39 CDT

Neptune from two slightly different perspectives

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Fly over Saturn's icy moons

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/02 11:09 CDT

Fly over Saturn's icy moons

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Special report by Bill Nye from the VEXAG Meeting

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/02 04:01 CDT

Special report by Bill Nye from the VEXAG Meeting

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Possibly the best view of the Great Red Spot ever

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/01 06:40 CDT

Possibly the best view of the Great Red Spot ever

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Getting to the real science image data: It's not that hard!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/01 04:14 CDT

Getting to the real science image data: It's not that hard!

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What's up in the solar system in September 2010

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/30 05:24 CDT

What's up in the solar system in September 2010

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Successor to Mars Climate Orbiter will fly aboard ExoMars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/30 03:20 CDT

Successor to Mars Climate Orbiter will fly aboard ExoMars

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New Flickr collection of historical NASA photos

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/30 11:23 CDT

New Flickr collection of historical NASA photos

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Bringing MOLA altimetry tracks into Google Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/27 05:02 CDT

Bringing MOLA altimetry tracks into Google Mars

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Jupiter's swirling storms from Voyager 1

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/26 05:28 CDT

Jupiter's swirling storms from Voyager 1

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Review: Phil Plait's Bad Universe, new series on Discovery

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/26 12:56 CDT | 1 comment

Review: Phil Plait's Bad Universe, new series on Discovery

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A first look at distant hills

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/25 12:36 CDT

Rover fans have been excitedly watching the hills on Opportunity's horizon grow taller and taller as Opportunity rolls toward its destination, Endeavour crater.

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The August 20, 2010 Jupiter fireball -- and the March 5, 1979 one

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/24 11:36 CDT

Following up on the story I first posted on August 22, the Jupiter impact fireball first noticed by Japanese amateur astronomer Masayuki Tachikawa has been independently confirmed by two other Japanese astronomers.

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A space calendar in "the cloud"

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/23 05:47 CDT | 3 comments

A space calendar in "the cloud"

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Yet another Jupiter impact!? August 20, seen from Japan

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/22 05:03 CDT

Yet another Jupiter impact!? August 20, seen from Japan

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Three things to watch

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/20 05:38 CDT

Three things to watch

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Review: "The Complete Sky & Telescope: Seven Decade Collection"

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/19 05:25 CDT

Sky & Telescope has just issued a set of 10 DVDs that contain every issue of the magazine published from the premier issue in November 1941 through December 2009, chronicling seven decades of scientific discovery and, of course, the entirety of the Space Age.

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The edge of "round": Three half-megameter moons

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/18 05:28 CDT

The edge of "round": Three half-megameter moons

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MESSENGER: A snapshot of home

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/17 12:04 CDT

MESSENGER: A snapshot of home

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Weekend treats from Cassini: Enceladus plumes plus bonus Tethys and Dione

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/14 06:52 CDT

Weekend treats from Cassini: Enceladus plumes plus bonus Tethys and Dione

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2008 LC15, the first Trojan asteroid discovered in Neptune's L5 point

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/13 10:52 CDT

2008 LC15, the first Trojan asteroid discovered in Neptune's L5 point

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Special note to scientists: Reach out through the DPS

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/12 11:10 CDT

Special note to scientists: Reach out through the DPS

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The Stardust Sample Catalog

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/12 11:10 CDT

The Stardust Sample Catalog

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Animation: Mars Express rising above the north pole

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/11 09:08 CDT

Animation: Mars Express rising above the north pole

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