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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!

South Korea's first lunar mission planned for 2020

Emily Lakdawalla • December 07, 2017

South Korea's first mission to the Moon, the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter KPLO, is now planned for launch in December 2020.

India's Chandrayaan-2 mission preparing for March 2018 launch

Emily Lakdawalla • November 29, 2017 • 4

India plans a return to the Moon with an orbiter, lander, and rover on the Chandrayaan-2 mission.

Emily's recommended space books for kids of all ages, 2017

Emily Lakdawalla • November 15, 2017 • 1

Welcome to my ninth annual recommendations and gift guide to books about space, planets, and astronauts for kids of all ages!

#DPS17: The Moon's Giordano Bruno crater through many eyes

Emily Lakdawalla • October 30, 2017

Today's story from the Division for Planetary Sciences meeting looks at one youthful rayed crater on the Moon from many different spacecraft.

Explore spinnable Saturn and Jupiter moons with Google Maps

Emily Lakdawalla • October 27, 2017 • 2

Google Maps released several new map products that allow you to see the locations of named features on many solar system planets and non-planets, spinning them around in space with your mouse.

#DPS17: Wobbling the Moon and art by James Tuttle Keane

Emily Lakdawalla • October 24, 2017 • 1

James Tuttle Keane is increasingly famous (among planetary scientists anyway) for his remarkable illustrated notes from conferences. Here's his work from the Division for Planetary Sciences meeting, illustrating both his own and others' research.

#DPS2017: Progress report on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter images of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring

Emily Lakdawalla • October 20, 2017 • 1

Three years ago, on October 19, 2014, comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring passed within 138,000 kilometers of Mars. At the 2017 meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, we heard a progress report on Mars orbiter imaging of the comet's nucleus.

A new year's worth of Mars Orbiter Mission data

Emily Lakdawalla • October 02, 2017 • 1

India's Mars Orbiter Mission has now completed three years in orbit at Mars, and ISRO celebrated the anniversary by releasing the mission's second-year data to the public. Emily Lakdawalla spent a week downloading and processing data for your enjoyment.

Earth flyby tests OSIRIS-REx's cameras

Emily Lakdawalla • September 28, 2017

As expected, OSIRIS-REx's Earth flyby on September 22 was a success. The mission is slowly releasing beautiful images of our home worlds taken by its many cameras following the flyby.

An honor from The Open University

Emily Lakdawalla • September 22, 2017 • 5

Today in London, Emily Lakdawalla was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of the University by The Open University.

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