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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!

Photo gallery: MAVEN being prepped for launch

Emily Lakdawalla • August 21, 2013 • 2

Watching MAVEN go through its final launch preparations via the photo gallery at the Kennedy Media Archive.

A special Phobos eclipse

Emily Lakdawalla • August 20, 2013 • 4

Those sneaky scientists on Curiosity managed to catch a Phobos transit of the Sun with one set of cameras, and to watch its shadow darkening the surface with another. COOL!

Movie of Phobos and Deimos from Curiosity: super cool and scientifically useful

Emily Lakdawalla • August 16, 2013 • 5

Yesterday, the Curiosity mission released the video whose potential I got so excited about a couple of weeks ago: the view, from Curiosity, of Phobos transiting Deimos in the Martian sky. In this post, Mark Lemmon answers a bunch of my questions about why they photograph Phobos and Deimos from rovers.

Dwarf planet, wassup?

Emily Lakdawalla • August 16, 2013 • 4

In which the fifth graders of Kipp Heartwood Academy argue the competing sides in the is-Pluto-a-planet debate through the medium of rap.

Book review: Europe to the Stars, by Govert Schilling and Lars Lindberg Christensen

Emily Lakdawalla • August 16, 2013

The world's great telescopes capture stunning photographs of stars, nebulae, and other sky phenomena. In Europe to the Stars, authors Govert Schilling and Lars Lindberg Christensen share many such photos. But the real stars of this book are the great telescopes of the European Southern Observatory.

Pretty picture: spectacular Saturn and Titan

Emily Lakdawalla • August 15, 2013 • 3

A lovely view of the ringed planet and its hazy moon seen from nearly behind them just a few days ago.

SMAP Under Construction: Field trip to the Spacecraft Assembly Facility

Emily Lakdawalla • August 14, 2013 • 2

Yesterday I enjoyed my second-ever opportunity to suit up and enter the clean room of the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. On display were SMAP, an Earth orbiting radar mission, and ISS-RapidScat, which will perform a different radar experiment from the Space Station.

Want to learn how to process space images? Take my Cosmoquest Academy class!

Emily Lakdawalla • August 09, 2013 • 2

The Planetary Society and Cosmoquest have teamed up to offer a short course in space image processing, and I'll be teaching! The course comprises four one-hour sessions from October 14 to 23.

"Water on Mars" in Sky & Telescope

Emily Lakdawalla • August 08, 2013 • 7

A shameless plug for my article on "Water on Mars," the cover story in the September issue of Sky & Telescope.

Curiosity's first year on Mars: Where's the science?

Emily Lakdawalla • August 07, 2013 • 31

Yesterday was the first anniversary of Curiosity's landing on Mars, and there was much rejoicing. It's been fun to look back at that exciting day, and it's been an opportunity to reflect on what Curiosity has accomplished in her first year. What science do we have to show for it?

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