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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!

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.

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?

Curiosity is copying Cassini's tricks!

Emily Lakdawalla • August 03, 2013 • 9

Take a look at this amazing photo, captured by Curiosity from the surface of Mars on sol 351 (August 1, 2013). It is unmistakably Phobos.

Keeping up with Curiosity, almost a year after landing

Emily Lakdawalla • August 01, 2013 • 4

It seems like my attention wandered for just a moment, and all of a sudden Curiosity is really on the road. She's racked up drive after drive, methodically eating up the terrain between here and her goal: the ancient rocks at the foot of Mount Sharp.

Happy 32! Happy New Mars Year!

Emily Lakdawalla • July 31, 2013 • 4

They're too far apart to have a party, but today Curiosity and Opportunity could have rung in the New Mars Year. Today Mars reached a solar longitude of zero degrees and the Sun crossed Mars' equator, heralding the arrival of spring in the northern hemisphere and autumn in the southern hemisphere.

Woohoo! The LEGO Curiosity rover is going to be a kit!

Emily Lakdawalla • June 18, 2013 • 2

The awesome LEGO Curiosity rover designed by Stephen Pakbaz is going to go into production!

Pretty pictures: Curiosity working late

Emily Lakdawalla • June 07, 2013 • 2

Just some cool photos of Curiosity lighting up the Cumberland drill hole after sunset for a little nighttime science work.

Curiosity update, sol 295: "Hitting the road" to Mount Sharp

Emily Lakdawalla • June 05, 2013 • 3

There was a Curiosity telephone conference this morning to make an exciting announcement: they're (almost) done at Glenelg and are preparing for the drive south to Mount Sharp. Allow me an editorial comment: finally!

Opportunity and Curiosity updates: Rolling and drilling and a little wear on the wheels

Emily Lakdawalla • May 20, 2013 • 3

For most of April, while Mars scuttled behind the Sun as seen from Earth, both Mars rovers were pretty inactive. Now that conjunction has ended, both are doing what rovers should be doing: roving and exploring. As of sol 3312 Opportunity had moved more than 300 meters southward toward Solander Point, while on her sol 279 Curiosity drilled at a second site, Cumberland.

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