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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!

DPS 2015: A little science from Rosetta, beyond perihelion

Emily Lakdawalla • November 18, 2015 • 2

Updated numbers for physical properties of the comet, and a few interesting images of surface features and surface changes on Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Curiosity update, sols 1109-1165: Drilling at Big Sky and Greenhorn, onward to Bagnold Dunes

Emily Lakdawalla • November 16, 2015 • 4

Since my last update, Curiosity drilled two new holes, at Big Sky and Greenhorn, and is now approaching Bagnold Dunes.

DPS 2015: First reconnaissance of Ceres by Dawn

Emily Lakdawalla • November 12, 2015 • 7

This is the first major meeting since Dawn's arrival at Ceres, and despite competition with Pluto surface science there was a well-attended Ceres talk session on Monday and poster session on Tuesday.

DPS 2015: Pluto's small moons Styx, Nix, Kerberos, and Hydra [UPDATED]

Emily Lakdawalla • November 10, 2015 • 7

For my first post on results from the Division for Planetary Sciences meeting, I'm going to tell you about Pluto's small moons: Styx, Nix, Kerberos, and Hydra, their bright colors and wacky rotation states.

Reporting from the 47th annual Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting, DPS15

Emily Lakdawalla • November 08, 2015

I'll be reporting all week from Washington, D.C. from the 47th annual meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society. Expect lots of news from New Horizons, Dawn, Cassini, MAVEN, WISE, and Rosetta missions, not to mention ground-based telescopes, plus a variety of other sources.

ESA mission updates

Emily Lakdawalla • November 04, 2015

There have been several important pieces of news about European missions in the last month: Rosetta's fate has been determined; ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter's launch is slightly delayed; and they have selected a landing site for the ExoMars rover.

The round worlds in the solar system: An updated graphic

Emily Lakdawalla • November 02, 2015 • 9

I have a newly updated scale comparison graphic to share: all the round worlds in the solar system smaller than 10,000 kilometers in diameter, now with added Pluto, Charon, and Ceres.

Dawn data from Ceres publicly released: Finally, color global portraits!

Emily Lakdawalla • October 22, 2015 • 5

A few days ago, Dawn officially released the first big pile of data from the Ceres mission phase. Thanks to the public release, I can show you color global portraits of Ceres.

Filling in the Enceladus map: Cassini's 20th flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • October 16, 2015 • 7

A couple of days ago, Cassini flew past Enceladus for its 20th targeted encounter. Cassini has seen and photographed quite a lot of Enceladus before, but there's still new terrain for it to cover.

Favorite Astro Plots #2: Condensation of the solar system

Emily Lakdawalla • October 14, 2015 • 2

Behold: the story of how our solar system began, in one chart. This is the second installment in a series of planetary scientists' favorite plots. Today's #FaveAstroPlot was suggested by spectroscopist Michael Bramble.

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