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"Mars Spectacular!"

Emily Lakdawalla • June 28, 2005

Apparently there is a bogus email circulating around the Web with the following text: "The Red Planet is about to be spectacular!" But Mars is not about to appear "as large as the full Moon."

News: Dark Spot Near the South Pole: A Candidate Lake on Titan?

Emily Lakdawalla • June 28, 2005

The Cassini imaging team has released an image containing a feature unlike any other that they have seen on Titan. The very dark color, curvaceous outline, and sharp edge of the feature have led them to the conclusion that it could well be the long-theorized but never-before-seen body of liquid hydrocarbons on the surface of Titan.

Heads up: the Deep Impact encounter is coming up!

Emily Lakdawalla • June 28, 2005

Less than a week remains before the Deep Impact mission is set to meet its fate at Tempel 1. A mission like this has been a dream for planetary scientists for a long time.

A couple of pics from Cassini at periapsis

Emily Lakdawalla • June 27, 2005

Cassini's been in orbit around Saturn for almost exactly a year now, and the mission seems pretty much to have dropped off of the public radar screen. But there's still three years to go on the primary mission, and lots left to do, and I for one am not at all bored.

The Story of Cosmos 1 is Not Over: A Personal Report

Louis D. Friedman • June 25, 2005

The word failure is sticking in my craw. Certainly, we failed to achieve the objective of Cosmos 1: we did not achieve solar-sail flight. But I don’t think, with all we have done, that I can call Cosmos 1 a failure.

Piecing the Data Together

Louis D. Friedman • June 23, 2005

We’ve had a very exciting day here in Moscow. Bud Schurmeier and I met with Konstantin Pichkhadze, head of the Lavochkin Association, which built our spacecraft, Cosmos 1.

"We have a live spacecraft..."

Emily Lakdawalla • June 21, 2005

...we think.

The Launch of Cosmos 1: Live Reports

Bruce Betts • June 21, 2005

In the past twenty-four hours, the Russian space agency (RKA) has made a tentative conclusion that the Volna rocket carrying Cosmos 1 failed during the firing of the first stage. This would mean that Cosmos 1 is lost.

Final Words Before Launch

Louis D. Friedman • June 21, 2005

Speaking by phone to a roomful of journalists in Pasadena less than 2 hours before the expected launch, project director Louis Friedman reiterated his confidence in the entire Cosmos 1 team.

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