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Pretty pictures: Vesta's dark material

Emily Lakdawalla • September 05, 2014 • 1

More masterful processing of Dawn Vesta images by Björn Jónsson, including Aelia crater and some mysterious dark splats near Fulvia crater.

Latest Rosetta NavCam images reveal jets on Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Emily Lakdawalla • September 04, 2014 • 5

ESA released another set of NavCam images of the comet today, and lo and behold, there are jets! We knew they were there, from an earlier OSIRIS image, but it's tremendously cool to see the comet behaving like a proper comet should.

ESA invites amateurs to produce portraits of comet 67P

Emily Lakdawalla • September 01, 2014

After a pause of about a week in daily image releases from Rosetta, ESA has begun sharing four-image sets of photos of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko and invited the public to help produce pretty pictures from them.

Best-ever Neptune mosaics for the 25th anniversary of Voyager 2's flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • August 25, 2014 • 4

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Voyager 2 flyby of Neptune, image magician Björn Jónsson has produced two new global mosaics of the distant ice giant, the highest-resolution ever made.

New Postcards from Mars

Bill Dunford • August 18, 2014 • 7

The latest snaphots from the "Mars Webcam" include something special.

Dark mountain on Vesta: Aricia Tholus

Emily Lakdawalla • July 28, 2014 • 1

Newly processed images of one of the more puzzling features on the surface of Vesta: a dark mountain named Aricia Tholus.

Standing on Venus in 1975

Ted Stryk • July 24, 2014 • 4

Venera 9 and 10 landed on Venus in 1975 and sent back the first images of the planet's surface. Now, Ted Stryk brings new life to these images to show us what it would be like to stand on the Venusian surface.

A right old comet kerfuffle…

Stuart Atkinson • July 18, 2014 • 16

A European space enthusiast, children's author, and volunteer astronomy outreach worker asks for more images from Rosetta.

Voyager 3 Project

Peter Rosén • July 08, 2014 • 3

In 1979, the Voyager 1 probe took a stunning series of images on its final approach to Jupiter. Thirty-five years later, almost to the day, a group of seven Swedish amateur astronomers set out to replicate this odyssey, but with images taken with their own ground-based telescopes.

A close look at Saturn's closest moons

Emily Lakdawalla • June 26, 2014 • 1

A new composite image of the eight named moons that orbit closest to Saturn, and a list of all the best Cassini observations of these moons.

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