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Emily Lakdawalla's blogs from 2010

How to Recognise Titan from Quite a Long Way Away

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/09 05:16 CDT

How to Recognise Titan from Quite a Long Way Away

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Last chance to sign Ray Bradbury's birthday card, and other business

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/09 04:48 CDT

Last chance to sign Ray Bradbury's birthday card, and other business

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Bill Nye Cuts the Ribbon at New Headquarters

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/06 04:33 CDT

Bill Nye Cuts the Ribbon at New Headquarters

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Cassini catches four little moons in motion

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/05 05:06 CDT

Cassini catches four little moons in motion

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The enigmatic mounds of Acidalia Planitia

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/04 04:18 CDT

The enigmatic mounds of Acidalia Planitia

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Open House at our new headquarters with the rising Executive Director, Bill Nye

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/04 11:18 CDT

Open House at our new headquarters with the rising Executive Director, Bill Nye

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Some profiles of women in planetary science

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/03 05:18 CDT

Some profiles of women in planetary science

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Goodies from the latest Cassini data release

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/08/02 05:50 CDT

Goodies from the latest Cassini data release

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JPL begins actively hailing Spirit -- but is trying to manage your expectations (an editorial)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/30 04:29 CDT

Spirit hasn't talked to Earth since March 22 -- so what new information could they have received that would make them pronounce Spirit's possible death? Is there some new analysis of the last bit of telemetry? Some new model indicating Spirit's survival was less likely than previously thought?

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Update on the NASA Authorization Bill

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/30 12:50 CDT

Update on the NASA Authorization Bill

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What's up in the solar system for August 2010

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/29 04:22 CDT

What's up in the solar system for August 2010

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New crater found in LROC image from the Moon

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/27 06:52 CDT

New crater found in LROC image from the Moon

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New Horizons images Jupiter again

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/27 06:30 CDT

New Horizons images Jupiter again

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Voyager at Saturn, one year later

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/27 02:04 CDT

Voyager at Saturn, one year later

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A little chuckle for your Monday morning

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/26 11:07 CDT

A little chuckle for your Monday morning

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Curiosity rolls!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/23 03:56 CDT

Curiosity rolls!

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A spectacular new global map of Mars, which YOU can make even better

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/23 03:41 CDT

A spectacular new global map of Mars, which YOU can make even better

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Live camera on Curiosity in JPL clean room all day today

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/23 02:02 CDT

Live camera on Curiosity in JPL clean room all day today

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Watching the birth and death of moonlets in Saturn's F ring

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/22 09:09 CDT

Watching the birth and death of moonlets in Saturn's F ring

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Color portrait of asteroid 21 Lutetia

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/21 04:28 CDT

Color portrait of asteroid 21 Lutetia

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Volcanism across the solar system: Io

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/20 05:33 CDT

Volcanism across the solar system: Io

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Facebook conversion

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/20 05:31 CDT

Facebook conversion

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The 163rd Carnival of Space is here at The Planetary Society Blog

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/19 01:38 CDT

The 163rd Carnival of Space is here at The Planetary Society Blog

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A bull's eye on the Moon

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/16 03:18 CDT

A bull's eye on the Moon

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How does Lutetia compare to the other asteroids and comets visited by spacecraft?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/15 04:33 CDT

How does Lutetia compare to the other asteroids and comets visited by spacecraft?

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Urgent action required: Please call Senators TODAY

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/14 11:56 CDT

Urgent action required: Please call Senators TODAY

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Carnival of Space #162

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/13 06:31 CDT

Carnival of Space #162

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Cassini eyes Janus

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/13 01:56 CDT

Cassini eyes Janus

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3D Anaglyph: Troughs or vents in Cerberus Fossae?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/12 12:55 CDT

3D Anaglyph: Troughs or vents in Cerberus Fossae?

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Rosetta's Lutetia pictures

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/11 12:17 CDT

Rosetta's Lutetia pictures

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Lutetia -- and Saturn!!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/10 04:32 CDT

Lutetia -- and Saturn!!

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Rosetta Lutetia flyby successful; approach images posted; high-res images yet to come

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/10 01:47 CDT

Rosetta Lutetia flyby successful; approach images posted; high-res images yet to come

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Where to watch the Rosetta flyby of Lutetia

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/10 09:05 CDT

Where to watch the Rosetta flyby of Lutetia

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Rosetta's Lutetia navigation campaign complete

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/09 01:53 CDT

Rosetta's Lutetia navigation campaign complete

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Where my stories come from

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/08 10:23 CDT

Where my stories come from

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A brush painting for Hayabusa

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/07 03:16 CDT

Upon James Aldridge's return from Japan, he posted several albums worth of amazing photos, including several of their calligraphy instructor, well-known artist Aiko Tanaka, creating a gestural brush painting to commemorate Hayabusa's return.

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Three days to Lutetia for Rosetta!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/07 08:34 CDT

Three days to Lutetia for Rosetta!

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Sharpest-ever images of Daphnis

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/06 02:58 CDT

Sharpest-ever images of Daphnis

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A look inside the Hayabusa sample capsule

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/06 08:42 CDT

A very brief item posted on the Hayabusa website included two pictures of the interior of its sample return capsule, one of which shows a particle.

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Back to Apollo? Or Time for a Restart?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/02 01:23 CDT

Back to Apollo? Or Time for a Restart?

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What's up in the solar system in July 2010

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/01 01:31 CDT

What's up in the solar system in July 2010

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The solar system, in jewelry form

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/01 12:00 CDT

The solar system, in jewelry form

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Saturn's hexagon is not unique

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/29 11:49 CDT

Saturn's hexagon is not unique

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Elephant Skin on the Moon

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/28 11:23 CDT

Elephant Skin on the Moon

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Bill Takes a Job

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/25 11:56 CDT

Bill Takes a Job

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One month, one journal, so many missed space stories!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/24 10:53 CDT

One month, one journal, so many missed space stories!

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Sunrise on Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/23 10:50 CDT

Sunrise on Mars

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Likely candidate for an un-collapsed lava tube

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/21 03:11 CDT

Likely candidate for an un-collapsed lava tube

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Going on vacation

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/18 04:35 CDT

Going on vacation

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Two moons making waves in the rings

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/18 11:22 CDT

Two moons making waves in the rings

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Lutetia in Rosetta's sights

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/17 01:31 CDT

Lutetia in Rosetta's sights

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Jupiter's faded belt: It's happened before, and it'll happen again

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/16 05:07 CDT

When I wrote a post about Jupiter's missing South Equatorial Belt in May, I had three main questions: how long did it take for the belt to go away, has this happened before, and how can a planet as big as Jupiter change its appearance so quickly?

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IKAROS' deployable camera captures perfect sail photos and animation!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/15 08:50 CDT

We've already seen IKAROS' view of its deployed sails from cameras attached to the spacecraft, but, in a brilliant idea, the Japanese built IKAROS with two deployable cameras that could view the thing from a distance.

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Is this SMART-1's impact site?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/15 12:44 CDT

Is this SMART-1's impact site?

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Amigurumi: How I channeled my adrenaline while watching Hayabusa's return

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/14 06:16 CDT

Amigurumi: How I channeled my adrenaline while watching Hayabusa's return

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Hayabusa update: First step for sample capsule return to Japan

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/14 04:39 CDT

Hayabusa update: First step for sample capsule return to Japan

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Hayabusa update: Capsule retrieved, heat shield found

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/14 09:20 CDT

Hayabusa update: Capsule retrieved, heat shield found

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Hayabusa sample capsule photographed on the ground in Australia

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/13 09:23 CDT

Hayabusa sample capsule photographed on the ground in Australia

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Hayabusa's return: a review

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/13 04:47 CDT

Hayabusa's return: round up some of the amazing photos, movies, and artworks that were posted and shared and Tweeted and re-Tweeted over the previous dozen hours or so.

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Welcome home, Hayabusa!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/13 09:18 CDT

At 13:51 UTC, the Hayabusa spacecraft -- having traveled to an asteroid and back, surviving countless challenges-- broke up into a fiery meteor over the midnight, midwinter Australian sky.

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Preparing for Hayabusa's return

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

Only about 40 hours remain for the Hayabusa mission. Its dramatic entry will take place at 14:00 UTC on Sunday, June 13.

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Titan's rivers are square

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/11 01:07 CDT

Titan's rivers are square

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IKAROS: Successful sail deployment and solar power generation! Hooray!!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/10 10:46 CDT

JAXA finally issued the formal announcement: they successfully expanded IKAROS' square sail!

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Big hunks of carbonate rock on Mars at last

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/10 04:33 CDT

Big hunks of carbonate rock on Mars at last

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Hayabusa: Waiting

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/10 09:08 CDT

We're in the final days of the Hayabusa mission, but until Sunday I think we're in a state of "no news is good news."

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U.S. Citizens: Please write your elected representatives about restarting plutonium-238 production!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/09 04:34 CDT

U.S. Citizens: Please write your elected representatives about restarting plutonium-238 production!

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Hayabusa's final approach on target; Japan's ready to receive samples

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/09 12:34 CDT

Hayabusa's final maneuver, a three-hour "firing" of its ion thrusters to fine-tune the spacecraft's trajectory toward Australia, was successful.

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Progress -- with pictures! -- on IKAROS' sail deployment

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/09 09:19 CDT

Several pictures from the sail deployment monitoring cameras showed up on the IKAROS blog overnight.

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A brief history of Hayabusa

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/08 09:17 CDT

For those of you who found my Hayabusa mission recap too long, here's a graphical version of the history of the Hayabusa mission.

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Hayabusa: "I did my best!"

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/08 02:26 CDT

Hayabusa: "I did my best!"

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Apply for a Shoemaker NEO Grant! Deadline extended to June 24

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/08 02:00 CDT

Apply for a Shoemaker NEO Grant! Deadline extended to June 24

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IKAROS team proceeds with final stage of sail deployment!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/08 11:32 CDT

Just a brief update on IKAROS: According to their blog, JAXA has decided to proceed with the final stage of IKAROS' sail deployment.

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Bill Nye Signs on as Planetary Society's New Executive Director

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/07 05:32 CDT

Bill Nye Signs on as Planetary Society's New Executive Director

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Six days left for Hayabusa: A recap of the mission

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/07 05:27 CDT

Six days left for Hayabusa: A recap of the mission

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IKAROS update: Rotation rate inexplicably increasing

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/07 11:53 CDT

JAXA's end-of-Sunday update on IKAROS' status gives more details about an issue they are working on the spacecraft. The spacecraft itself is in perfect health, but its dynamics are different from what was expected.

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IKAROS sail deployment delayed until at least Tuesday

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/06 05:08 CDT

This is just a brief update to yesterday's post to add a few sentences that Lou wanted to hold until JAXA had had a chance to issue an official statement.

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Planetary Society Hails Falcon 9 Test as Great Achievement

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/04 02:37 CDT

Planetary Society Hails Falcon 9 Test as Great Achievement

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Falcon 9's first launch successful!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/04 01:56 CDT

Falcon 9's first launch successful!

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The June 3 Jupiter Impact: 22 hours later

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/04 01:14 CDT

The June 3 Jupiter Impact: 22 hours later

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Confirmation of the Jupiter impact from Christopher Go

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/03 07:51 CDT

Confirmation of the Jupiter impact from Christopher Go

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A NEW! Impact on Jupiter

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/03 05:51 CDT

A NEW! Impact on Jupiter

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Falcon 9 ready for first flight

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/03 05:33 CDT

Falcon 9 ready for first flight

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Lou Friedman is "our man in Japan" to watch IKAROS sail deployment

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/03 04:58 CDT

Planetary Society Executive Director Lou Friedman is now in Japan, joining the rest of the IKAROS team to watch the eagerly anticipated deployment of its solar sails.

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Phoenix is dead...long live Phoenix!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/02 03:11 CDT

Phoenix is dead...long live Phoenix!

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An Astronaut's-Eye View of Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/02 10:22 CDT

An Astronaut's-Eye View of Mars

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What's up in the solar system in June 2010

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/01 03:16 CDT

What's up in the solar system in June 2010

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Photo proof of good progress on IKAROS sail deployment

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/31 04:00 CDT

We have photo proof that the multi-step process of the deployment of IKAROS' square solar sail is going according to plan!

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Progress on WISE's asteroid survey

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

Progress on WISE's asteroid survey

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Is this the eastward turn we've all been waiting for?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/27 07:24 CDT

Is this the eastward turn we've all been waiting for?

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Using Earth to Study the Moon

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/26 12:51 CDT

Using Earth to Study the Moon

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Initial checkout of IKAROS complete

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/25 02:32 CDT

JAXA has posted a short update on their solar sailcraft IKAROS.

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The goal of Opportunity's trek

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/24 02:00 CDT

Opportunity's kilometers-long march across the sands of Meridiani Planum is a great story, and the journey is fun to follow; but what could be worth such a long march?

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Akatsuki captures goodbye shots of Earth

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/22 09:50 CDT

Akatsuki captures goodbye shots of Earth

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All's well on IKAROS and Shin-en

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/21 09:42 CDT

Today JAXA posted a very brief mission status update on the IKAROS spacecraft, launched yesterday along with Akatsuki. Brief is good; all's well.

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Official launch and landing dates announced for Curiosity

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/21 05:34 CDT

Official launch and landing dates announced for Curiosity

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Voyager 2's flipped bit fixed

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/21 05:12 CDT | 1 comments

Voyager 2's flipped bit fixed

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Akatsuki, IKAROS, UNITEC-1, and your names are on their way to Venus

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/20 05:44 CDT

It was a picture-perfect launch for three Venus-bound spacecraft this morning: the Akatsuki Venus orbiter, the IKAROS solar sail, and a university-built minisat named UNITEC-1.

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Akatsuki and IKAROS to launch today

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/20 04:08 CDT

This is mostly a repost from Monday: Just a programming note, a reminder that Japan plans to launch the Venus orbiter Akatsuki and the solar sail IKAROS today at 21:58:22 UTC.

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Pretty picture: Messier 83

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/19 11:43 CDT

Pretty picture: Messier 83

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Opportunity: longest-lived landed Mars mission

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/19 10:26 CDT

Opportunity: longest-lived landed Mars mission

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