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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!

Brief rover update: "We do not believe [Spirit] is extractable."

Emily Lakdawalla • January 26, 2010

There's a press briefing going on right now that marks today, January 26, 2010, more than six years after she landed, the day that NASA decided that Spirit's roving days were over.

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.

Your chance to shoot your own high-resolution pictures of Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • January 20, 2010

The HiRISE public suggestion tool, called HiWish, is a Web site that allows you to log in and select a spot on Mars as a suggestion for where the HiRISE instrument should take an image.

Figuring out the shape of Mars (and other places)

Emily Lakdawalla • January 19, 2010

An amateur named Bernhard Braun ("nirgal" on unmannedspaceflight) has been posting the results from a new piece of software he's developed that generates 3-D models of landscapes from single photos.

Buttoning up the Mars Orbiter Camera science investigation

Emily Lakdawalla • January 15, 2010

The science team for Mars Orbiter Camera, or "MOC" (pronounced "mock") has just published a paper that attempts to summarize an investigation that spanned more than two decades.

Just a Few More Approaches to Try for Extrication

Emily Lakdawalla • January 13, 2010

"The list of remaining maneuvers being considered for extricating Spirit is becoming shorter."

Odyssey's going to start listening for Phoenix

Emily Lakdawalla • January 11, 2010

It's been the second most popular question I get from readers: "When might we possibly hear from Phoenix?"

Spirit's still "extricating"

Emily Lakdawalla • January 08, 2010

It's been two months, now, that extrication efforts have been going on. It's discouraging that the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit isn't out of the trap.

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