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Snapshots from Space

by Emily Lakdawalla

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

OSIRIS-REx shows us space isn't entirely empty

Emily Lakdawalla • April 20, 2018

What a cool photo of OSIRIS-REx's sample return capsule! But wait, what's that black dot near the top?

Curiosity Update, sols 1972-2026: Completing the Vera Rubin Ridge Walkabout

Emily Lakdawalla • April 17, 2018

The Curiosity team has completed its initial survey of the top of Vera Rubin Ridge, and is ready to make another attempt at drilling after the rock at Lake Orcadie proved to be too hard.

Moon Monday: Deimos

Emily Lakdawalla • April 16, 2018 • 2

Digging into the Viking archives to produce a new old composite of Mars' smaller moon.

Seeing InSight

Emily Lakdawalla • April 10, 2018 • 1

Last week, I received a golden ticket that gave me rare access to a sacred space: the cleanroom facility where NASA's next Mars lander, InSight, is undergoing final preparations for launch.

Preview of the InSight Mars launch

Emily Lakdawalla • April 05, 2018 • 4

NASA’s next planetary launch is coming up, as soon as May 5, 2018. This post is your one-stop shop for information about InSight’s launch, cruise, and expected mission to Mars.

A new storm on Saturn!

Emily Lakdawalla • April 03, 2018 • 1

On March 29, vigilant astronomer Maciel Bassani Sparrenberger discovered that a new bright spot had broken out in Saturn's high northern latitudes.

Moon Monday: Galileo's Galileans

Emily Lakdawalla • April 02, 2018 • 1

This week it seems fitting to feature a portrait of the Galilean moons by Galileo.

#LPSC2018: Fungi in the lab, hot springs frozen cold, and exploding lakes

Emily Lakdawalla • March 29, 2018

The first astrobiology session at last week's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference featured talks on a huge variety of interesting topics, and was one of my favorite sessions at the meeting.

#LPSC2018: Collaborative notes from conference sessions

Emily Lakdawalla • March 28, 2018

At last week's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, I tried a new experiment: collaborating with other attendees to take a shared set of notes.

Tiangong-1: How to follow the space lab's decaying orbit and reentry

Emily Lakdawalla • March 27, 2018

With the space station likely to fall on April Fool's Day, it's important to know whom to follow for reliable information.

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