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Emily Lakdawalla's blogs from 2010

Unbelievably spectacular flight through Candor Chasma

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/09 01:53 CST

Unbelievably spectacular flight through Candor Chasma

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Joint replacement operation takes Goldstone 70-meter dish offline until at least November

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/09 01:37 CST

Joint replacement operation takes Goldstone 70-meter dish offline until at least November

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Phobos has gravity!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/09 11:43 CST

Phobos has gravity!

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LPSC: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter results

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/08 02:17 CST

LPSC: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter results

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WISE's weekly featured image

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/07 09:30 CST

WISE's weekly featured image

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Cassini's Helene flyby

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/05 04:05 CST

Cassini's Helene flyby

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Pretty picture: Io, labeled

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/05 02:20 CST

Pretty picture: Io, labeled

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LPSC, Day 3: Opportunity, and what the heck is Marquette?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/05 01:40 CST

LPSC, Day 3: Opportunity, and what the heck is Marquette?

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Back from LPSC

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/04 06:48 CST

Back from LPSC

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Pretty Picture: ISS in the X-band

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/04 08:40 CST

Pretty Picture: ISS in the X-band

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Greetings From Space Up in Sunny San Diego!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/04 08:22 CST

Greetings From Space Up in Sunny San Diego!

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Gorilla seen in Nasa Snap from Mars? Umm....no.

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/03 04:00 CST

Yes, I'm totally not kidding, that is the headline in the Sun: "'Gorilla' seen in Nasa Snap from Mars."

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LPSC, Day 2: Impacts onto icy moons

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/03 03:29 CST

LPSC, Day 2: Impacts onto icy moons

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LPSC, Day 1: Spirit and Phoenix

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/02 09:35 CST

LPSC, Day 1: Spirit and Phoenix

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Programming Note: The Pluto Files

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/02 05:49 CST

Programming Note: The Pluto Files

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LPSC: Why Ganymede and Callisto are so different

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/01 08:59 CST

LPSC: Why Ganymede and Callisto are so different

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In Houston

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/28 10:30 CST

In Houston

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Welcome news on DSN upgrades

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/25 11:23 CST

Welcome news on DSN upgrades

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What's up in the solar system in March 2010

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/24 09:42 CST

What's up in the solar system in March 2010

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Cassini at Enceladus: Baghdad's Glowing Canyon

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/23 05:33 CST

Cassini at Enceladus: Baghdad's Glowing Canyon

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Pretty picture: Mini-RF exposes lunar geology

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/22 12:03 CST

Pretty picture: Mini-RF exposes lunar geology

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Hello, snowman! (Cassini observes Iapetus)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/19 02:05 CST

Hello, snowman! (Cassini observes Iapetus)

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NSRC: Engaging the Interested Public

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/19 10:20 CST

NSRC: Engaging the Interested Public

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Recording of today's UStream chat with Bill Nye and Lou Friedman available

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/18 03:27 CST

Recording of today's UStream chat with Bill Nye and Lou Friedman available

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Lovely album of photos from WISE

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/17 11:56 CST

Lovely album of photos from WISE

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Carnival of Space #141

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/17 11:54 CST

Carnival of Space #141

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Cassini tour page updated for the Solstice Mission

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/16 03:20 CST

Cassini tour page updated for the Solstice Mission

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Cassini eyes the eyeball

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/16 02:11 CST

Cassini eyes the eyeball

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Revolutionary NASA Solar Explorer Roars to Space

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/15 05:42 CST

Revolutionary NASA Solar Explorer Roars to Space

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Calypso coolness

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/14 08:42 CST

Calypso coolness

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Twenty years since Voyager's last view

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/12 01:17 CST

Twenty years since Voyager's last view

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Hubble sees both of Saturn's aurorae

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

Hubble sees both of Saturn's aurorae

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Find pics and track the rovers in Google Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/11 05:28 CST

I think a goodly proportion of you readers have already figured this out for yourselves since it was launched last March, but I didn't download and install it until last weekend, so this is new to me: Google Mars is awesome.

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Endeavour Launch Ignites Night Sky

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/09 12:03 CST

Endeavour Launch Ignites Night Sky

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A Space Carnival (#140) and some new names for Enceladus

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/09 10:39 CST

A Space Carnival (#140) and some new names for Enceladus

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Pretty picture: Opportunity around Concepcion

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/09 10:32 CST

Here's a neat picture from Opportunity, a panorama composed of its wide-angle, mast-mounted Navcam cameras, showing the crater Concepcion.

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WISE has found its first comet, P/2010 B2 (WISE)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/08 04:50 CST

WISE has found its first comet, P/2010 B2 (WISE)

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Manic Monday: Chocolate Hills, Io, and NASA's budget

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/08 02:21 CST

Manic Monday: Chocolate Hills, Io, and NASA's budget

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That's a lot of motion for a "stuck" rover!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/06 08:14 CST

That's a lot of motion for a "stuck" rover!

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New maps of Pluto show pretty amazing amounts of surface change

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/04 02:17 CST

I just posted my writeup of today's press briefing on a new map of Pluto produced from Hubble images. The main conclusion was that Pluto has shown an astonishing amount of changes across its surface between 1994 and 2002 -- more, in fact, than any other solid surface in the solar system.

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Way-cool Martian flyovers by Doug Ellison

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/04 09:16 CST

Way-cool Martian flyovers by Doug Ellison

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Endeavour Crew Arrives at KSC

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/03 04:42 CST

Endeavour Crew Arrives at KSC

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Hooray! Cassini's tour has been extended for SEVEN MORE YEARS!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/03 01:12 CST

Hooray! Cassini's tour has been extended for SEVEN MORE YEARS!

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Spectacular Hubble view of the aftermath of an asteroid collision

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

Spectacular Hubble view of the aftermath of an asteroid collision

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Mars Express animation of Phobos' shadow transiting Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/02 12:08 CST

For the first time ever, Mars Express' Visual Monitoring Camera has imaged the shadow of Mars' moon Phobos crossing the surface of Mars.

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What's up in the solar system in February 2010

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/01 01:56 CST

What's up in the solar system in February 2010

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This blog now has comments!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/01 11:07 CST

This blog now has comments!

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A pretty picture of Concepcion crater

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/01 10:37 CST

It looks like the rover team thinks Concepcion is pretty enough (in both aesthetic and a scientific senses) to be worthy of the full-color Pancam panorama treatment; color frames started arriving on Earth over the weekend.

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Opportunity's thousand-year-old crater

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/29 10:59 CST

Since leaving Marquette Island on sol 2,122, Opportunity has been barreling southward on her journey toward Endeavour crater. On her horizon for the last several sols has been a very small but very fresh looking crater named Concepción.

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Visitor from JAXA Stops at Planetary Society

Posted by Forest Purnell on 2010/01/29 10:07 CST | 1 comments

The Planetary Society regularly hosts interns and visiting scientists and engineers from world space agencies. Recently, we've had the pleasure of working with JAXA's Toshiaki Takemae.

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Cassini Aegaeon and Prometheus awesomeness

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/28 12:38 CST

There were many, many treats waiting on the Cassini raw images website this morning. Yesterday, Cassini traversed the G ring, taking photos all the way.

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NASA decides Spirit is henceforth to be a lander

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/26 03:22 CST

There was a press briefing today that announced the official end of efforts to extricate Spirit from her sand trap at Troy. Instead, the rover drivers will now focus on improving the chances that Spirit will survive the coming winter so that she can carry on doing science once the power situation improves in the spring.

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Brief rover update: "We do not believe [Spirit] is extractable."

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/26 11:36 CST

Brief rover update: "We do not believe [Spirit] is extractable."

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CTX and MARCI -- The OTHER Cameras on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Posted by Tanya Harrison on 2010/01/25 07:45 CST

"What?" you might say, "There are cameras other than HiRISE?" Yes indeed, there are. There are two other cameras aboard MRO: the Context Camera (CTX) and Mars Color Imager (MARCI).

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WISE bags its first near-Earth object, 2010 AB78

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/22 04:14 CST

The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) just took its lens cap off on December 29, and posted its "first light" image on January 6. Now, just two weeks later, WISE has bagged its first near-Earth object.

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Mars and a moonbow

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/21 04:00 CST

Moonbows represent the same phenomenon as rainbows, it's just that the light from the Sun has reflected off of the Moon first before it's separated into its colors by the myriad tiny water droplets in the cloud.

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Ted Stryk: Report #2 from New Horizons science team meeting

Posted by Ted Stryk on 2010/01/20 06:33 CST

Second report by Ted Stryk from New Horizons science team meeting. Major topic was the search for Kuiper belt object (KBO) targets.

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Your chance to shoot your own high-resolution pictures of Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/20 11:48 CST

The HiRISE public suggestion tool, called HiWish, is a Web site that allows you to log in and select a spot on Mars as a suggestion for where the HiRISE instrument should take an image.

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Ted Stryk: Report from New Horizons science team meeting

Posted by Ted Stryk on 2010/01/19 07:55 CST

The New Horizons science team is meeting this week. Ted Stryk was invited to attend the meeting, and he sent the following notes from the first day.

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Figuring out the shape of Mars (and other places)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/19 01:31 CST

An amateur named Bernhard Braun ("nirgal" on unmannedspaceflight) has been posting the results from a new piece of software he's developed that generates 3-D models of landscapes from single photos.

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What about the non-imaging data from spacecraft?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/18 10:48 CST

Data from all science instruments on all of NASA's and ESA's space missions, not just cameras, is archived in the Planetary Data System and Planetary Science Archive, and almost all of that data is available online.

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Buttoning up the Mars Orbiter Camera science investigation

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/15 04:21 CST

The science team for Mars Orbiter Camera, or "MOC" (pronounced "mock") has just published a paper that attempts to summarize an investigation that spanned more than two decades.

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Just a Few More Approaches to Try for Extrication

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/13 10:09 CST

"The list of remaining maneuvers being considered for extricating Spirit is becoming shorter."

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Highlights from the January 1, 2010 Cassini imaging data release

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/13 03:43 CST

The January 1, 2010 Cassini imaging data release includes everything acquired by Cassini from January 1 to March 30, 2009 in all its high-quality glory.

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ESA mission analyst suggests 2010 AL30 might be Venus Express rocket

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/13 10:30 CST

2010 AL30 zipped past us harmlessly about five hours ago. Because of its one-year orbital period, many people speculated it might be a manmade object, but 2010 AL30 might, in fact, be artificial.

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Goldstone detects "STRONG" radar echoes from 2010 AL30

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/12 10:05 CST

Radio scientist Lance Benner posted to the Minor Planets Mailing list this evening the following message: "We have detected STRONG radar echoes from 2010 AL30 at Goldstone."

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2010 AL30: Watch out for low-flying asteroids

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/12 11:52 CST

In less than 24 hours, a newly discovered asteroid known as 2010 AL30 will be zipping past Earth at an altitude of approximately a third the Earth-Moon distance. There's no chance it'll hit us, but it's generating a lot of excitement in the community of amateur and professional near-Earth asteroid observers.

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Odyssey's going to start listening for Phoenix

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/11 05:26 CST

Odyssey's going to start listening for Phoenix

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Results from the Rosetta Encounter with Asteroid 2867 Steins

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

Last week in Science magazine appeared the first peer-reviewed article on the results of Rosetta's September 2008 encounter with the smallish main-belt asteroid Steins. This morning I got a chance to sit down and read the article, and I wrote up a summary.

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Asteroid 2867 Steins

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/11 02:01 CST

This description of asteroid 2867 Steins is based upon an article published in the January 8, 2010 issue of Science by H. Uwe Keller and numerous coauthors and on a related press release.

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Spirit's still "extricating"

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/08 01:08 CST

It's been two months, now, that extrication efforts have been going on. It's discouraging that the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit isn't out of the trap.

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400 Years of the Galilean Satellites

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/07 03:34 CST

It was 400 years ago today that Galileo discovered smaller planets attending the planet Jupiter.

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Congratulations to the WISE team on a beautiful "First Light" photo!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/06 12:51 CST

Congratulations are due to the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) team on their lovely "First Light" image, unveiled at the 215th American Astronomical Society meeting.

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New Mercury Atlas

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/06 12:28 CST

The United States Geological Survey has just released a new atlas of Mercury, the first to be based upon the three flybys worth of image data gathered by the MESSENGER mission.

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Evaporating exoplanet

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/06 11:50 CST

CoRoT-7b was the first unambiguously rocky planet to be discovered and was quite small, at under five Earth masses. But a press release issued today suggests that its history probably has little to do with Earth's.

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What's up in the solar system in January 2010

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/04 01:29 CST

While we don't have Moon bases, we do have plenty of spacecraft. Before I get into my more detailed look at the activities of the 20-odd spacecraft wandering about the solar system, I thought I'd look ahead to 2010 more generally and see what the year has in store for us.

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Last Door in the Planetary Society Advent Calendar: Earth, again

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/01 10:37 CST

Last Door in the Planetary Society Advent Calendar: Earth, again

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