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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!

Door 27 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 27, 2010

Time to open the twenty-seventh door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this flat-floored depression?

1000 Akatsukis; "Faulty valve caused Akatsuki failure"

Emily Lakdawalla • December 27, 2010

In a move that's kind of hard to understand in the wake of the immense public outreach success of the Hayabusa mission, JAXA is closing JAXA i, its public information center in Tokyo today (December 28 in Japan).

Door 26 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 26, 2010

Time to open the twenty-sixth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this rayed crater?

Door 25 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 25, 2010

Time to open the twenty-fifth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system are these conjoined craters?

Door 24 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 24, 2010

Each day until the New Year, I'll be opening a door onto a different landscape from somewhere in the solar system. Where in the solar system are these squirrely spots?

Door 23 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 23, 2010

Time to open the twenty-third door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this oozing wound?

Door 22 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 22, 2010

Time to open the twenty-second door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system are these degraded craters?

Mimas wanders in to view

Emily Lakdawalla • December 21, 2010

Cassini's busy downlinking photos from yesterday's close pass by Enceladus, including some neat shots of Dione and this one where Mimas skipped briefly in to the field of view.

Door 21 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 21, 2010

Time to open the twenty-first door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this rumpled blanket?

Akatsuki update: more detail on first failure report

Emily Lakdawalla • December 20, 2010

Ordinarily it's not my thing to do so many updates on a mission that failed to arrive in orbit, but I know that it's difficult for English-speaking readers to locate information on Asian missions so I'm keeping up the reporting on Akatsuki.

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