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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!

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 24: Ganymede

Emily Lakdawalla • December 24, 2009

I think if you polled most space fans about their favorite moons of Jupiter, Ganymede would come in a consistent third behind Europa and Io. It's just not fair.

A Space Carnival and a radio show

Emily Lakdawalla • December 24, 2009

Wander on over to Cumbrian Sky to check out a special Christmas edition of the Carnival of Space!

Awesome Cassini mutual event movies

Emily Lakdawalla • December 23, 2009

I love posting animations of Cassini images that I compose from frames grabbed from the mission's raw images website, but they are shoddy compared to the versions that eventually come out from the mission's imaging team.

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 23: Deimos

Emily Lakdawalla • December 23, 2009

Mars' moon Deimos never gets as much love as Phobos.

Celebrate exploration with Stephen Hawking and Buzz Aldrin!

Emily Lakdawalla • December 23, 2009

The Planetary Society is hosting a luncheon on January 23, 2010 that will celebrate the achievements of two renowned heroes of space exploration, physicist Stephen Hawking and Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 22: Venus

Emily Lakdawalla • December 22, 2009

Venus is such a beautiful, brilliant light in the sky. (When it's up; just now Venus is actually near solar conjunction, so we'll have to wait a bit for it to grace the heavens.)

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 21: Miranda

Emily Lakdawalla • December 21, 2009

Miranda is the one moon of Uranus for which we have very good images from Voyager 2, and that was a stroke of luck, because low-resolution shots of all of Uranus' moons would have told us that it was, geologically speaking, the most dramatic of the five biggest ones.

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 20: Iapetus

Emily Lakdawalla • December 20, 2009

Iapetus! I'm always interested in Cassini images, but five years ago this month I was refreshing the Cassini raw images website several times a day, eagerly anticipating the mission's first good encounter with Iapetus.

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 19: Eros

Emily Lakdawalla • December 19, 2009

Not quite ten years ago, the Near Earth Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft arrived at the near-Earth asteroid Eros. NEAR accomplished many firsts.

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 18: Neptune

Emily Lakdawalla • December 18, 2009

Here's Neptune, but not quite like you've ever seen it before.

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