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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!

First look at Curiosity MARDI's descent animation (WOW WOW)

Emily Lakdawalla • August 06, 2012 • 5

Even a preliminary, low-resolution, low-frame-rate version of Curiosity's descent imager animation of the arrival on Mars contains almost more awesome than I can stand.

A "long" view of the Curiosity Descending image

Emily Lakdawalla • August 06, 2012 • 2

A wider (well, longer) view of the amazing HiRISE image that shows Curiosity descending under parachute to Mars

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE has done it again!!

Emily Lakdawalla • August 06, 2012 • 2

In 2008, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped an amazing photo of Phoenix descending to the surface of Mars under its parachute. Now it's repeated the feat, with Curiosity.

Getting the most out of those first images from Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • August 06, 2012 • 5

It's such a rare joy to be able to dive into the images returned from a brand-new mission. The very first images that come to Earth and get posted on the Web are usually of relatively poor quality compared to what comes later, and Curiosity's are no exception to that rule.

We are on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • August 06, 2012 • 13

Somehow, it worked. Curiosity has landed on Mars, returning photos of her wheels and her shadow on a flat, pebbled plain.

Where I will be watching Curiosity's landing

Emily Lakdawalla • August 05, 2012 • 1

People have been asking how to tune in to the landing. Here's some information on how (and from where) I'll be watching tonight's events.

Curiosity: Landing minus 11 hours

Emily Lakdawalla • August 05, 2012

The Curiosity mission's final pre-landing press briefing wrapped up a short while ago. There wasn't much in the way of news, which is a good thing. Curiosity is healthy. Odyssey is healthy. There's not much left to do but wait.

Curiosity landing minus two days

Emily Lakdawalla • August 04, 2012 • 1

I just came out of a press briefing at JPL, on the morning of the day before Curiosity's landing. The panel seemed fairly calm -- anxious, certainly, but the happy kind of anxiety that precedes something that could be great.

Mars24 has been upgraded for Curiosity

Emily Lakdawalla • August 03, 2012

Robert Schmunk has released a new version of the Mars24 application to help us tell time at Curiosity's landing site.

Video: This is not the droid you're looking for

Emily Lakdawalla • August 02, 2012

Just to break the tension in advance of Curiosity's landing, a little humor from UnmannedSpaceflight.com's Astro0.

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