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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 2: Mathilde

Emily Lakdawalla • December 02, 2009

253 Mathilde is the largest asteroid that has ever been visited by a spacecraft. It's held that distinction for more than twelve years, but next year it'll be upstaged by the considerably larger 21 Lutetia, which Rosetta will fly by on July 10.

The November/December issue of The Planetary Report is out

Emily Lakdawalla • December 02, 2009

Members of The Planetary Society, you should now be receiving your November/December issue of The Planetary Report in the mail.

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 1: Dione

Emily Lakdawalla • December 01, 2009

I've always loved advent calendars and the way they both managed and heightened my anticipation of the gift-opening frenzy of Christmas morning.

What's up in the solar system in December 2009

Emily Lakdawalla • November 30, 2009

The two big things happening this month are the launch of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), from Vandenberg Air Force Base no earlier than December 9 at 06:09 PST (15:09 UTC), and the December meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) from the 14th through the 18th.

Spectacular animation of Halley's comet

Emily Lakdawalla • November 26, 2009

It's a holiday and I'm enjoying time with the family, so rather than write a lot, I will let a spectacular image do the talking for me.

Near Earth Objects and Planetary Defense

Emily Lakdawalla • November 26, 2009

Could a space rock hit Earth and cause widespread devastation? What could we do if we found an asteroid or comet on a collision course with Earth?

Saturn's aurora, even better than before

Emily Lakdawalla • November 24, 2009

The Cassini imaging team have posted their own processed and captioned version of the Saturn's aurora movie that I posted a preview of about six weeks ago, and it was worth the wait.

Two more awesome pictures from the Enceladus flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • November 22, 2009

I'm getting to be a broken record here, but I can't stop looking at these photos from the Enceladus flyby.

Another great Enceladus shot

Emily Lakdawalla • November 21, 2009

Here's a 4-frame mosaic of Enceladus images -- just another everyday spectacularly alien landscape.

Prepare for your jaw to hit the floor when you see these pictures of Enceladus

Emily Lakdawalla • November 21, 2009

Wow, just wow. I didn't know what to expect from the second flyby of Saturn's geyser moon Enceladus in November, which happened yesterday.

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