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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!

Hello, beautiful!

Emily Lakdawalla • September 07, 2012 • 3

Curiosity's much-anticipated self-portrait with the MAHLI camera just arrived on Earth, and even though it was shot through the dust cover it is AWESOME.

Pretty picture: bizarre spherules

Emily Lakdawalla • September 06, 2012 • 5

A wonderfully strange photo from Opportunity's exploration of Cape York, Endeavour Crater.

Checking in on Curiosity after sol 30

Emily Lakdawalla • September 06, 2012 • 4

Curiosity completed the "Intermission" phase on sol 29, and began checking out the robotic arm.

Cure for the blues: processing images of a blue planet

Emily Lakdawalla • September 06, 2012

I noticed today that I hadn't seen any amateur-processed versions of Voyager's departing shots of Uranus, so I decided to give it a try.

An amazing LEGO model of Curiosity

Emily Lakdawalla • September 03, 2012 • 1

A petite model of Curiosity in LEGO accurately represents many of its features and functions.

What's Up in the Solar System in September 2012

Emily Lakdawalla • August 31, 2012 • 4

It's an active time in interplanetary exploration! Curiosity has begun roving Mars, and Opportunity's not wasting any time either. Dawn has just departed Vesta and begun the more than two-year cruise to Ceres. Juno is in the middle of a big deep-space maneuver, setting up next year's Earth flyby.

HiRISE's best view of Curiosity yet

Emily Lakdawalla • August 31, 2012 • 10

HiRISE's best opportunity to view Curiosity so far came 12 days after landing, when the orbiter passed nearly directly overhead. The photo resolves amazing detail on the huge rover.

An unheralded anniversary

Emily Lakdawalla • August 28, 2012 • 16

Yesterday, August 27th, 2012, was, in a sense, the 50th anniversary of interplanetary travel. Fifty years ago yesterday, Mariner 2 launched toward Venus, and became the first object to leave Earth and travel to another world.

Explaining the new black-and-white Mastcam and MARDI raw images

Emily Lakdawalla • August 24, 2012 • 2

If you've been obsessively checking the Curiosity raw images websites for new pictures from Mars, you might have noticed something weird: a bunch of Mastcam images and a few from MARDI that are black-and-white instead of color, and which have a peculiar checkerboard pattern.

The definitive version of Curiosity's first color panorama

Emily Lakdawalla • August 23, 2012 • 8

The top of the mountain has finally been filled in, and Damien Bouic has produced what I think is the definitive version of Curiosity's first color panorama.

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