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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!

The Voyager Mission Updates

Emily Lakdawalla • September 14, 2010

We take for granted now the ability to get detailed mission updates in a timely fashion via the Web. But How did people get their mission status before the Web?

Jupiter's swirling storms from Voyager 1

Emily Lakdawalla • August 26, 2010

Amateur image mage Björn Jónsson has recently turned his attention back to Voyager 1's close-up images of Jupiter.

The August 20, 2010 Jupiter fireball -- and the March 5, 1979 one

Emily Lakdawalla • August 24, 2010

Following up on the story I first posted on August 22, the Jupiter impact fireball first noticed by Japanese amateur astronomer Masayuki Tachikawa has been independently confirmed by two other Japanese astronomers.

Voyager at Saturn, one year later

Emily Lakdawalla • July 27, 2010

Here are two newly processed portraits of Saturn, showing the planet just after its equinox.

Volcanism across the solar system: Io

Emily Lakdawalla • July 20, 2010

Three months ago, grandiosely, I announced that I was going to survey volcanism across the solar system, and I began the journey on Earth. Then I failed to follow up.

Voyager 2's flipped bit fixed

Emily Lakdawalla • May 21, 2010 • 1

A happy ending to this story: JPL reported yesterday evening that the flipped bit in Voyager 2's flight data system software has been successfully toggled back to its correct value.

Voyager 2 status update: Yep, it was a flipped bit

Emily Lakdawalla • May 17, 2010

Voyager 2's engineers have confirmed that the problem with the spacecraft was indeed the result of a single flipped bit in its software, as they predicted.

Update on Voyager 2 status

Emily Lakdawalla • May 13, 2010

Good old Voyager 2; she takes a licking and keeps on ticking.

Some trouble on Voyager 2

Emily Lakdawalla • May 06, 2010

Engineers have shifted NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft into a mode that transmits only spacecraft health and status data while they diagnose an unexpected change in the pattern of returning data.

Downloading the "First Voyage into the PDS" class

Emily Lakdawalla • March 30, 2010

Here's how to watch the class on how to access Voyager data through the Planetary Data System, which I conducted to a small audience this morning.

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