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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!

Bringing MOLA altimetry tracks into Google Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • August 27, 2010

I've had a fun morning of noodling around learning how to write KML files, and have produced one for Google Mars that shows you all of the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter tracks that cross the area Opportunity has driven through already, as well as the area of Endeavour crater.

The enigmatic mounds of Acidalia Planitia

Emily Lakdawalla • August 04, 2010

Acidalia Planitia is a large basin in Mars' northern lowlands, a dark splotch visible even from Earth telescopes.

3D Anaglyph: Troughs or vents in Cerberus Fossae?

Emily Lakdawalla • July 12, 2010

OK, it's time to look silly in your red-blue glasses again! When Tanya Harrison sent me those awesome 3D views of Olympica Fossae from Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's CTX camera, she sent me two other sets of 3D landscapes on Mars.

Phoenix is dead...long live Phoenix!

Emily Lakdawalla and Bruce Betts • June 02, 2010

The latest HiRISE images of the Phoenix polar lander, taken near Mars' northern summer solstice, show why we haven't heard from the spacecraft since it fell silent on November 2, 2008: it appears the solar panels have collapsed.

Happy solstice -- on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • May 13, 2010

It's the solstice on Mars today: summer in the north, winter in the south.

Morphology and mineralogy on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • May 05, 2010

A recent entry by Bethany Ehlmann from the blog of the Planetary Geomorphology Working Group of the International Association of Geomorphologists demonstrates how you can combine the power of different types of data to tease out a rich story of the past history of one spot on Mars.

3D Anaglyph: Weird channels of Olympica Fossae

Emily Lakdawalla • April 26, 2010

Got some 3D glasses handy? Check out this awesome view of a very strange feature on Mars, courtesy of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's Context Camera (CTX).

Pretty (strange) picture from HiRISE: Dust flow crater?

Emily Lakdawalla • April 08, 2010

Yesterday was the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE team's latest flood of archived images, 1,025 of them. I skipped forward to page 42 (what other number would I pick?) and started browsing from there.

HiWish fulfilled (or, be careful what you HiWish for)

Emily Lakdawalla • April 01, 2010

Yesterday the Jet Propulsion Laboratory issued a press release announcing the first eight image releases that resulted from HiWish suggestions.

Opportunity at Concepción from orbit

Emily Lakdawalla • March 24, 2010

I saw this image at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference so am happy they released it: a view of Opportunity sitting on the north rim of the little, fresh Concepción crater, taken on sol 2153 (February 13, 2010).

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