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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!

More fancy Phobos and Deimos photography by Curiosity

Emily Lakdawalla • September 24, 2013

Curiosity looked up after dark and captured more cool photos of Mars' moons. They include Phobos and Deimos passing in the night, and Phobos entering Mars' shadow.

Photos and Video of India's Mars Orbiter Mission, proceeding toward October 28 launch

Emily Lakdawalla • September 23, 2013 • 1

Indian media reported over the weekend that the Mars Orbiter Mission has passed some senior review, and has been approved to proceed toward a launch date of October 28, a week later than previously planned.

The Deep Impact Mission is officially over

Emily Lakdawalla • September 20, 2013 • 1

Efforts to regain contact with Deep Impact have been ended. The last contact with the spacecraft was on August 8, 2013.

Book Review: Rock Star: Adventures of a Meteorite Man, by Geoff Notkin

Emily Lakdawalla • September 20, 2013 • 3

Rock Star -- the memoir of television "Meteorite Man" Geoff Notkin -- is a life's journey full of joy, wonder, and fun, and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

ICE is returning to Earth; but do we have the will to regain control?

Emily Lakdawalla • September 18, 2013 • 8

After a journey of more than 30 years, ICE is coming back to Earth next year. But do we know how to regain control of it, and can we find the means to do so?

Two new ways to browse Vesta: 2. Vesta Image data browser

Emily Lakdawalla • September 16, 2013

A few weeks ago I received an email pointing me to a really cool new map-based browser to Dawn's Vesta image data.

Two new ways to browse Vesta: 1. Vesta Low-Altitude Mapping Orbit (LAMO) Atlas

Emily Lakdawalla • September 16, 2013

Last week was the European Planetary Science Congress in London, and there's been a lot of science news. One thing that caught my eye Friday was the publication of a new atlas for Vesta.

LADEE checkout phase successfully completed!

Emily Lakdawalla • September 13, 2013

Some good news to start your weekend: the newest member of our deep-space fleet, LADEE, has successfully completed its checkout phase and is now officially in its cruise phase. It is still in Earth orbit, headed for Lunar Orbit Insertion on Sunday, October 6.

Taking a close look at MAVEN assembly and testing videos

Emily Lakdawalla • September 11, 2013 • 1

I noticed something funny while examining MAVEN assembly and testing videos.

Still no contact with Deep Impact

Emily Lakdawalla • September 10, 2013 • 4

Oh, that dreaded phrase, "mission status report." It sounds so neutral, but it almost always means bad news. In this case, it's really bad: Deep Impact is not communicating with Earth.

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