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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!

Rover eyes on rock layers on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • May 19, 2015 • 2

Digging in to mission image archives yields similar images of layered Martian rocks from very different places.

Unseen latitudes of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko -- revealed!

Emily Lakdawalla • May 15, 2015 • 2

A recent Rosetta image has revealed a good part of the comet's previously hidden southern terrain to the public for the first time.

New Horizons spots Kerberos and Styx

Emily Lakdawalla • May 12, 2015 • 3

New Horizons has now spotted every one of Pluto's satellites...all the ones we know about, that is.

Due to ion engine failure, PROCYON will not fly by an asteroid

Emily Lakdawalla • May 08, 2015 • 2

PROCYON, the mini-satellite launched with Hayabusa2, will not be able to achieve its planned asteroid flyby due to the failure of its ion engine.

Curiosity update, sols 949-976: Scenic road trip and a diversion to Logan's Run

Emily Lakdawalla • May 06, 2015 • 4

Curiosity is finally on the road again! And she's never taken a more scenic route than this. Her path to Mount Sharp is taking her to the west and south, across sandy swales between rocky rises.

A week's worth of "RC3" images from Dawn at Ceres

Emily Lakdawalla • May 05, 2015 • 1

Now that Dawn is in its science orbit at Ceres, the mission has been releasing new images every weekday!

Farewell, MESSENGER

Emily Lakdawalla • May 01, 2015 • 5

There is one less robot exploring the solar system today. MESSENGER, which has orbited Mercury for four years, finally ran out of fuel and crashed into the planet at 17:26 UT on Thursday, April 30, 2015.

New Horizons sees surface features on Pluto, begins raw image release

Emily Lakdawalla • April 29, 2015 • 11

Today the New Horizons team released a new animation of images taken on approach to Pluto. The animation clearly shows how Pluto wobbles around the Pluto-Charon barycenter. It also shows something more exciting to the scientists: variations in brightness across the surface of Pluto. They also began releasing raw images to the Internet.

More than 1000 Rosetta NavCam images released!

Emily Lakdawalla • April 29, 2015

Today the European Space Agency released a ton of NavCam images, taken as the spacecraft approached and then entered orbit at the comet.

A few gems from the latest Cassini image data release

Emily Lakdawalla • April 24, 2015 • 4

I checked out the latest public image release from Cassini and found an awesome panorama across Saturn's rings, as well as some pretty views looking over Titan's north pole.

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