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Galileo got so many more images of Ida than I realized

Emily Lakdawalla • February 22, 2013 • 1

While writing up the cruise-phase issues of the Galileo Messenger a couple of weeks ago, I came across a fuzzy montage of images of Ida that I had not seen before. So I decided to spend some time digging into the Planetary Data System to see if there were more images to be found. I found lots and lots pictures that I'd never seen before!

Galileo Messengers: Cruise to Venus, Earth, Gaspra, Earth, Ida, and almost to Jupiter

Emily Lakdawalla • February 05, 2013 • 2

It's taken me a year to face the emotionally draining task of reading and writing about Galileo's cruise phase as chronicled in the mission's newsletters.

My ever-popular asteroids-and-comets montage, now in color, with bonus Toutatis

Emily Lakdawalla • December 18, 2012 • 9

My collage of all the asteroids and comets visited by spacecraft is probably the single most popular image I have ever posted on this blog. I've now updated it to be in color and to include Toutatis.

So far, no moons found at Ceres or Vesta

Emily Lakdawalla • April 15, 2011

Since the Galileo mission discovered tiny Dactyl circling Ida in 1993, quite a lot of asteroid systems have been found to be binary; there are even a few triples. So it's quite reasonable to guess that two of the biggest asteroids, Ceres and Vesta, might also have satellites.

Door 15 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 15, 2010

Time to open the fifteenth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this cratered world?

Asteroids and comets to scale, including Hartley 2

Emily Lakdawalla • November 18, 2010 • 1

Just in time for today's Deep Impact press briefing, which you can watch on NASA TV in a few minutes: I've updated my montage of all the asteroids and comets that have been visited and photographed to include Hartley 2.

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 13: Dactyl

Emily Lakdawalla • December 13, 2009

If you don't think Pluto gets enough respect, just imagine what it's like to be a satellite of an asteroid.

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