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The Mystery of Cosmos 1

Emily Lakdawalla • July 01, 2005

I know I've probably disappointed a few people by not having had anything much to say about Cosmos 1 for a while. It's because, well, we haven't had anything much to say.

Deep Impact encounter minus 3 days

Emily Lakdawalla • July 01, 2005

OK, I'm in...I arrived at an unusually empty Jet Propulsion Laboratory this morning in advance of the first Deep Impact encounter press conference.

Changes to the Deep Impact encounter timeline

Emily Lakdawalla • June 30, 2005

A reader has pointed out that JPL has changed their online press kit for Deep Impact, which was my primary source material for the encounter timeline.

News: All of Earth's Eyes Are on Tempel 1 as Deep Impact Zeroes In on Comet...

Emily Lakdawalla • June 29, 2005

With four days remaining until Deep Impact crashes into comet Tempel 1, the comet is looming larger and larger in the public view.

"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.

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