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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!

One month, one journal, so many missed space stories!

Emily Lakdawalla • June 24, 2010

Or: Emily reads you the table of contents of Icarus.

Using Earth to Study the Moon

Emily Lakdawalla • May 26, 2010

Exploring Earth analogues of space landscapes is a valuable activity that can help planetary scientists correctly interpret what their instruments are telling them.

Akatsuki captures goodbye shots of Earth

Emily Lakdawalla • May 22, 2010

Three of Akatsuki's six science instruments have now checked in as operating normally, producing lovely photos of the receding homeworld.

Sighting the homeworld

Emily Lakdawalla • May 17, 2010

Coming closer every day, Mr. Hayabusa has sighted his final destination: his homeworld, Earth, and its attendant Moon.

A Martian Moment in Time, revisited

Emily Lakdawalla • May 12, 2010

A good start to my day today: The New York Times' Lens Blog featured the "Martian Moment in Time" photo that Opportunity took last week in a really nice writeup. I'm so grateful, and still a little surprised, that the folks on the Mars Exploration Rover mission took this idea and ran with it!

Volcanism across the solar system: Earth

Emily Lakdawalla • April 20, 2010

Yesterday I asked for suggestions for topics to write about, and you readers seem to have volcanoes on your minds!

Pretty picture: Fly through the aurora

Emily Lakdawalla • April 05, 2010

Space Station astronaut Soichi Noguchi is an awesome photographer. This image is going straight into the "Best of 2010" collection.

Strong geomagnetic storm today

Emily Lakdawalla • April 05, 2010

This morning I received a bulletin warning of a "strong" geomagnetic storm that began just over an hour ago.

Mars and a moonbow

Emily Lakdawalla • January 21, 2010

Moonbows represent the same phenomenon as rainbows, it's just that the light from the Sun has reflected off of the Moon first before it's separated into its colors by the myriad tiny water droplets in the cloud.

Last Door in the Planetary Society Advent Calendar: Earth, again

Emily Lakdawalla • January 01, 2010

I know I already posted Earth once before. But I could not resist winding up the calendar with this view of a new Earth, for the new year.

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