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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!

Curiosity: still roving

Emily Lakdawalla • October 15, 2013 • 2

Every day, I get a question from somebody about whether Curiosity has been shut down. It hasn't, and here's the thing: you can determine that for yourself

Juno is in safe mode, but okay and on course following Earth flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • October 09, 2013 • 5

Following its Earth flyby earlier today, Juno is in safe mode. This is the protective state a spacecraft goes into when it detects a problem. But everything is okay. For more details, I just spoke with Rick Nybakken, Juno Project Manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

DPS 2013: Tidbits from Titan

Emily Lakdawalla • October 09, 2013 • 8

I attended a few talks at the Division for Planetary Sciences meeting today that concerned Titan's origin and interesting surface, and then one in the afternoon about the atmosphere.

Juno's flying by Earth today, and images of the Moon are already on the ground!

Emily Lakdawalla • October 09, 2013 • 1

Juno flies past Earth for a gravity assist at 19:22 UTC today, and the first images from the encounter are already on the ground and processed by amateurs!

Announcement for DPS 2013: New plan for "Agency Night" features...me!

Emily Lakdawalla • October 07, 2013 • 1

I'll be representing The Planetary Society on a quickly-replanned panel at tomorrow's Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting Agency Night, in the absence of any representatives from federal funding agencies.

DPS 2013: Some quick updates on Mercury

Emily Lakdawalla • October 07, 2013

Some notes from the first day of the Division for Planetary Sciences meeting on Mercury.

Planetary evangelism

Emily Lakdawalla • October 06, 2013 • 6

It's so exciting when the small talk that lubricates social interactions with strangers turns into an excited discussion of space and science.

Congratulations to LADEE on arrival at the Moon!

Emily Lakdawalla • October 06, 2013 • 2

After a one-month journey from Earth to the Moon, NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) safely entered orbit at 10:57 UTC today, October 6.

Photos: India's Mars Orbiter Mission arrives at launch site

Emily Lakdawalla • October 05, 2013 • 1

ISRO posted five photos from the momentous day of the Mars Orbiter Mission's shipment to Sriharikota.

Government shutdown closes 3 of 4 National Radio Astronomy Observatories

Emily Lakdawalla • October 04, 2013 • 3

The shutdown of the federal government continues to claim casualties. Today, the Green Bank Telescope, Very Large Array, and Very Long Baseline Arrays all shut their doors, blinding us to the radio sky and scuttling long-term research projects.

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