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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!

An evening with Dava Sobel

Emily Lakdawalla • October 24, 2005

I've just come home from Caltech, where I saw author Dava Sobel give a presentation on her latest book, The Planets.

A way-cool Cassini picture: rings, Titan, Dione, Prometheus

Emily Lakdawalla • October 19, 2005

I just noticed this picture on the Cassini raw images website. I love these "many worlds" pictures.

NOW Mars is spectacular

Emily Lakdawalla • October 19, 2005

Back in August, there was a false alarm being circulated by email that Mars was going to be super-close to Earth on August 27.

Animation from Cassini's approach to Dione

Emily Lakdawalla • October 12, 2005

The images from Cassini's Dione encounter yesterday have started coming back, and there is a really cool set of 16 pictures of Dione and Rhea.

Dione encounter today

Emily Lakdawalla • October 11, 2005

Cassini is already on its way in to a close, 500-kilometer encounter with Dione -- it's less than four hours away now, at 17:52 UTC.

Hyperion in color

Emily Lakdawalla • October 10, 2005

Here is a gorgeous color mosaic of Hyperion assembled by amateur image processor Mattias Malmer from images from the recent flyby.

A new Cassini data release to the Planetary Data System

Emily Lakdawalla • October 06, 2005

Yesterday, this quarter's release of Cassini data showed up at the Planetary Data System (PDS). The PDS is the public repository for all of NASA's data.

A piece of a new picture from Hayabusa

Emily Lakdawalla • October 04, 2005

The Hayabusa mission has proven to be a bit of a tease -- they were releasing lots of images to the public as they approached asteroid Itokawa, but once they arrived, the image releases shut down entirely. There is finally a little postage stamp of an image captured by Hayabusa at "home position," only 7 kilometers from the asteroid, compared here to a picture taken from "gate position," 20 kilometers away.

Amazing views of Hyperion

Emily Lakdawalla • October 01, 2005

I've finally worked my way through all of the Hyperion images that were returned from the last flyby. It's a wonderful data set.

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