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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!

"We have a live spacecraft..."

Emily Lakdawalla • June 21, 2005

...we think.

The buzz begins!

Emily Lakdawalla • June 15, 2005

Yesterday, we sent out an invitation to print, TV, and Web media for the launch event we'll be holding at our Pasadena headquarters on Tuesday. So today, the buzz really began about our mission, and the phones are beginning to ring off the hook.

Cosmos 1: Another rehearsal...

Emily Lakdawalla • June 15, 2005

Rehearsals don't always go so well, which is the whole point of rehearsals. That was true both for us and for the Russians today, in separate simulations of mission operations.

"Our works with the spacecraft are finished successfully."

Emily Lakdawalla • June 10, 2005

Here at Cosmos 1 Project Operations Pasadena -- or POP -- we are scrambling to get our mission operations plans and procedures ready for our launch, just 11 days from now.

MESSENGER Snaps Earth-Moon Image in Approach to First Flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • June 02, 2005

As MESSENGER began its approach for its August 2 flyby of Earth, its cameras have snapped their first images. The images clearly show a cloudy Earth—and, to scientists' surprise, the Moon as well.

New Mosaics of Huygens' Titan Images

Emily Lakdawalla • May 05, 2005

Although the two spacecraft traveled a billion kilometers together to study Titan, Cassini and Huygens are two very different types of missions.

Cassini's Radio Ear on Huygens

Emily Lakdawalla • February 14, 2005

Scientists have released a new sound from Huygens, representing the radio signal that Cassini detected from the little probe as it descended to Titan's surface.

News: Radio Astronomers Rescue Science Results for Huygens' Doppler Wind Experiment

Emily Lakdawalla • February 09, 2005

Earth's radio astronomers have saved the day for one of the Huygens instrument teams. Today, the Doppler Wind Experiment (DWE) team announced their first science results, despite losing nearly all of their expected data.

3-D Views of Titan's Surface from Huygens

Emily Lakdawalla • February 08, 2005

It's been close to a month since Huygens descended to the surface of Titan. Many visitors to this website have expressed impatience with the pace of the release of images from the Huygens cameras, a feeling that is no doubt shared by space enthusiasts around the world who are eager to see refined views of the alien surface of Titan.

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