Emily Lakdawalla's blogs from 2010
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/18 12:28 CDT
This image, released today by Cassini's imaging team, is pretty cool; it shows one of Saturn's larger moons together with one of its smaller ones. I probably noticed the nice photo of Dione when it appeared on the Cassini raw images page two months ago, but I know I didn't notice the little speck below and to the left of the bigger moon. That speck is a small moon, Telesto.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/17 07:22 CDT
Voyager 2 status update: Yep, it was a flipped bit
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/17 04:56 CDT
Akatsuki and IKAROS launch scrubbed due to weather
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/14 10:41 CDT
Venus, and the Moon, and Atlantis, and ISS, and Magellan
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/12 02:30 CDT
A good start to my day today: The New York Times' Lens Blog featured the "Martian Moment in Time" photo that Opportunity took last week in a really nice writeup. I'm so grateful, and still a little surprised, that the folks on the Mars Exploration Rover mission took this idea and ran with it!
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/11 04:53 CDT
Wow, this is a cool paper. Here's the gist: the Cassini RADAR team has spotted some river channels on Titan that shine so brightly in radar images, there must be something special going on to explain that brightness.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/10 05:22 CDT
Via Daniel Fischer's Tweet about a blog entry by Astro BobI learned of something which should be obvious to anyone who has trained even a rather small telescope on Jupiter over the past few weeks: one of its iconic stripes is just plain gone.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/07 04:55 CDT
I've been so focused on the dramatic return of "Mr. Hayabusa" that I've neglected to write much about two up-and-coming Japanese missions: Akatsuki and IKAROS.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/05 11:16 CDT
A recent entry by Bethany Ehlmann from the blog of the Planetary Geomorphology Working Group of the International Association of Geomorphologists demonstrates how you can combine the power of different types of data to tease out a rich story of the past history of one spot on Mars.
A lot of readers have expressed interest in the origin of Saturn's north polar hexagon. The hexagon is a long-lived pattern in the clouds surrounding Saturn's north pole, which has been observed since the Voyagers passed by in 1980 and 1981.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/03 04:01 CDT
Space carnival, rover update, Planetary Radio Live!
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/04/29 02:04 CDT
Arecibo saves us from another potentially hazardous asteroid
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/04/26 05:37 CDT
APOLLO program pinpoints location of Lunokhod 1 retroreflector
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/04/22 05:29 CDT
Here's a new lovely color composition of Titan and Dione captured by Cassini. This one was taken on April 20, 2010; a set of 15 raw images taken of the two moons just showed up on the Cassini raw images website.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/04/21 02:06 CDT
Solar Dynamics Observatory unveils "first light" movies
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/04/21 01:09 CDT
Discovery's penultimate mission to the Space Station
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/04/19 02:38 CDT
Bill Nye on Planetary Radio, and Space Carnival #150
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/04/15 05:41 CDT
Some Pictures from President Obama's Florida Space Conference
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/04/09 04:51 CDT
Venus Express evidence for recent hot-spot volcanism on Venus
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/04/08 12:39 CDT
A busy day for Cassini: Dione plus bonus Enceladus and Janus
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/04/08 11:38 CDT
Yesterday was the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE team's latest flood of archived images, 1,025 of them. I skipped forward to page 42 (what other number would I pick?) and started browsing from there.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/04/07 04:03 CDT
Water on the Moon: Direct evidence from Chandrayaan-1's Moon Impact Probe
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/04/02 02:41 CDT
My arduous journey to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera images
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/04/02 02:41 CDT
Pretty picture: An unexplained chain of elliptical craters on the Moon
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/04/01 03:48 CDT
HiWish fulfilled (or, be careful what you HiWish for)
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/31 06:48 CDT
Spirit had been communicating on a once-per-week schedule in recent weeks. During the designated time for the rover to communicate with NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter passing overhead on March 30, Odyssey heard nothing from the rover.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/29 05:19 CDT
Mimas' cold region: another new mystery for Cassini to explore
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/27 05:09 CDT
Just a little update here to post a Navcam panorama from Opportunity showing that the rover successfully arrived yesterday at the doublet crater she's been aiming for since she left Concepcion a couple of weeks ago.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/26 12:01 CDT
Happy, happy day: We may see the right MastCam on MSL after all
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/26 11:27 CDT
Hayabusa's mission team has successfully shifted the little spacecraft's approach trajectory from the day side to the night side of Earth, a critical maneuver for the survival of the sample return capsule.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/25 02:21 CDT
In which I dip my toes into an ocean of Hubble data
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/23 01:09 CDT
An update on Hayabusa posted to the JAXA website by project manager Junichiro Kawaguchi.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/19 09:25 CDT
LROC spots Russian "monument" to International Women's Day
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/18 04:39 CDT
Making a difference through the Shoemaker NEO Grants
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/17 12:26 CDT
Yesterday I posted a bit of a Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter camera image showing the tracks of the Russian Lunokhod 2 rover. Today, I can post for you an image showing the rover's final resting place
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/15 10:55 CDT
Soviet landers Luna 20, 23, and 24, plus the tracks of Lunokhod 2
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/12 01:27 CST
LPSC: Wrapping up Tuesday: The Moon, Mars, Mercury, Vesta, and back to Mars
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/09 01:53 CST
Unbelievably spectacular flight through Candor Chasma
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/09 01:37 CST
Joint replacement operation takes Goldstone 70-meter dish offline until at least November
Our LightSail test mission was successfully completed and our Kickstarter campaign ended June 26th, raising $1.24 million dollars for LightSail's 2016 solar sailing mission! Miss the Kickstarter campaign, but still want to donate? You can!