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Enceladus is alive!

Emily Lakdawalla • July 29, 2005

It's official: Enceladus has joined the rarefied community of Solar System objects that have been caught in the act of making new geology.

Duck! MESSENGER's Earth flyby is coming up

Emily Lakdawalla • July 28, 2005

The MESSENGER Mercury orbiter, which launched a year ago next week, is on target for its Earth flyby on August 2.

A Deep Impact update

Emily Lakdawalla • July 28, 2005

We haven't forgotten about Deep Impact, but there's still no word on the crater size.

Deep Impact Sets a New Course as Tempel 1 Returns to Normal

Emily Lakdawalla • July 20, 2005

With its mission at Tempel 1 over, the Deep Impact spacecraft has altered its course in order to allow a future mission at another comet.

Volna Failure Review Board Reports on Loss of Cosmos 1

Louis D. Friedman • July 20, 2005

The Volna Failure Review Board convened by the Makeev Rocket Design Bureau, manufacturers of the Volna launch vehicle, has made its final report to the Russian space agency, Roskosmos, concerning the attempted June 21 launch of our Cosmos 1 spacecraft.

A couple cool raw Cassini pics -- and a break in the data

Emily Lakdawalla • July 19, 2005

I monitor the Cassini website to keep my eye out for cool pictures, and it's usually relatively easy to figure out what the spacecraft is looking at (rings, moon, Saturn, whatever). Sometimes, though, the images can be very confusing.

A change of plans for Cassini: higher altitude for the "T7" Titan flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • July 15, 2005

The June 15 Cassini Project Update includes a note about a difficult decision -- they are raising the altitude of an upcoming Titan flyby, "T7," which is scheduled for September 7.

Deep Impact Data Surprises Scientists

A.J.S. Rayl • July 12, 2005

When Deep Impact crashed into the nucleus of Tempel 1 at 23,000 miles per hour on July 4, it sent a huge, bright cloud of stuff upward and outward from the comet, providing a spectacular image that is already assured a place in the space history books, and may well be seared into the brains of all those who watched the event.

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