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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!

Videos: Where are Curiosity's science instruments and how do they work?

Emily Lakdawalla • August 01, 2012 • 2

Mat Kaplan and I recently recorded a couple of videos giving a tour of the science instruments on the Curiosity Mars rover.

Press briefing schedule for Curiosity (assuming a nominal landing)

Emily Lakdawalla • July 30, 2012 • 4

JPL has published a schedule for press briefings in the first week of Curiosity's mission on Mars.

Celebrate Curiosity with a “Party on Mars!” Saturday night!

Emily Lakdawalla • July 30, 2012 • 1

Join me and Bill Nye to blow off some steam on Saturday night as we anticipate Curiosity’s landing! In the spirit of such nerdtacular gatherings as W00tstock and LeetUp, we’re having a big party at the Paseo Colorado here in Pasadena to celebrate Curiosity!

When will we see Curiosity's first images?

Emily Lakdawalla • July 23, 2012 • 5

Enough people have asked me when we'll see Curiosity's first images from the surface of Mars that I sought out an answer. The short version: it depends.

Curiosity's seventeenth camera: MARDI

Emily Lakdawalla • July 20, 2012 • 4

Curiosity is equipped with seventeen cameras. One of them, the Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) will capture a movie as the rover descends to the surface.

Got questions about Curiosity? I've got answers for you

Emily Lakdawalla • July 19, 2012 • 18

Whether you are a scientist or a layman, if you have ever asked yourself any question about Curiosity, I strongly suggest that you read the newly published press kit!

A plea to Mars Science Laboratory team members: write your experiences down

Emily Lakdawalla • July 17, 2012 • 2

In which I beg the people working on Curiosity to write about what happens in the coming weeks, even if you never share those writings publicly.

How Curiosity Will Land on Mars, Part 3: Skycrane and Landing

Emily Lakdawalla • July 06, 2012 • 6

The final phase of Curiosity's landing on Mars involves the "skycrane maneuver" and will leave the rover on its wheels ready for its mission on Mars to begin.

How Curiosity Will Land on Mars, Part 2: Descent

Emily Lakdawalla • June 29, 2012 • 6

When people first hear about how Curiosity will land on Mars, their first question always is: are they nuts? This is the second in a multi-part series describing how -- and why -- Curiosity will land this way, in excruciating detail.

How Curiosity Will Land on Mars, Part 1: Entry

Emily Lakdawalla • June 22, 2012 • 14

When people first hear about how Curiosity will land on Mars, their first question always is: are they nuts? This is the first in a multi-part series describing how -- and why -- Curiosity will land this way, in excruciating detail.

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