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Snapshots from Space

by Emily Lakdawalla

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Follow the thrilling adventures of planetary missions, past and present, and see the stunningly beautiful photos that they return from space!

Beautiful butterfly crater on Mars (another HiWish granted!)

Emily Lakdawalla • November 08, 2012 • 6

I asked Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to take a photo, and it turned out better than I had imagined: an incredibly fresh, well-preserved, dramatically rayed oblique impact crater.

What's Up in the Solar System in October 2012

Emily Lakdawalla • September 28, 2012 • 2

Welcome to my monthly survey of the activities of robots across the solar system! Tomorrow is the equinox at Mars; both Curiosity and Opportunity will be spending the month actively analyzing Martian rocks. It'll be a less active month for Cassini, as Saturn passes through solar conjunction late next month.

HiRISE's best view of Curiosity yet

Emily Lakdawalla • August 31, 2012 • 10

HiRISE's best opportunity to view Curiosity so far came 12 days after landing, when the orbiter passed nearly directly overhead. The photo resolves amazing detail on the huge rover.

A "long" view of the Curiosity Descending image

Emily Lakdawalla • August 06, 2012 • 2

A wider (well, longer) view of the amazing HiRISE image that shows Curiosity descending under parachute to Mars

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE has done it again!!

Emily Lakdawalla • August 06, 2012 • 2

In 2008, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped an amazing photo of Phoenix descending to the surface of Mars under its parachute. Now it's repeated the feat, with Curiosity.

Swirly lava patterns in beautiful HiRISE images

Emily Lakdawalla • April 26, 2012 • 4

In a channel near a pedestal crater on the plains of Cerberus Palus, Mars, there are wacky swirl patterns.

Discouraging the search for Mars Polar Lander

Emily Lakdawalla • February 17, 2012

I'm not encouraging people to search individual images for the Mars Polar Lander anymore, for three reasons.

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