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A few random news items from last week: SOHO spots a return visitor; Astronauts on asteroids; MESSENGER update; Dawn tests

Emily Lakdawalla • October 01, 2007

A few random news items from last week: SOHO spots a return visitor; Astronauts on asteroids; MESSENGER update; Dawn tests

Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Spirit Slides Across Home Plate as Opportunity Digs in at Victoria Crater

A.J.S. Rayl • September 30, 2007

It might not be the stuff of Broadway musicals, but the Sun and did "come out tomorrow" on Mars. Just eight weeks after dust from severe storms darkened the Martian skies and threatened their solar-powered lives, the Mars Exploration Rovers finished dusting off as much as possible and took off on their long-anticipated expeditions this month, with Spirit roving onto an old volcanic formation called Home Plate and Opportunity cruising into Victoria Crater.

Who's got the biggest panels?

Emily Lakdawalla • September 28, 2007

Who's got the biggest panels?

Dawn launch: Solar arrays deployed

Emily Lakdawalla • September 27, 2007

Dawn launch: Solar arrays deployed

One more cool Dawn launch photo

Emily Lakdawalla • September 27, 2007

One more cool Dawn launch photo

Dawn Launch: A Brilliant Flash and a Thunderous Roar!

Ken Kremer • September 27, 2007

At 7:34 a.m. EDT the Delta II Heavy roared off launch pad 17 B at Cape Canaveral with a brilliant flash of glowing orange light and billowing white smoke.

Successful launch for Dawn!

Emily Lakdawalla • September 27, 2007

Successful launch for Dawn!

Good luck, Dawn!

Emily Lakdawalla • September 27, 2007

Good luck, Dawn!

Dawn launch: T minus 1 day: Up close at the Delta II launch pad

Emily Lakdawalla • September 27, 2007

Dawn launch: T minus 1 day: Up close at the Delta II launch pad

Dawn launch: Go Dawn, go Delta!

Emily Lakdawalla • September 26, 2007

Dawn launch: Go Dawn, go Delta!

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