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Class announcement: How to play with Mars Express VMC images

Emily Lakdawalla • December 15, 2009

Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that I've been fiddling with images from the Mars Webcam, more officially known as the Mars Express Visual Monitoring Camera (VMC), for the last couple of weeks.

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 15: Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • December 15, 2009

We have three orbiters and two rovers currently exploring Mars, each of which returns breathtaking photos on a daily basis.

No, they can't push with the arm to free Spirit

Emily Lakdawalla • December 15, 2009

I've gotten this question about once a week since Spirit got stuck, but yesterday, two different readers asked the same question within an hour of each other, so I figured it was time for a blog entry.

A teeny weeny bit of movement in Spirit's right front wheel

Emily Lakdawalla • December 14, 2009

The ever-vigilant Doug Ellison just posted this animation, which really actually does show a teeny tiny bit of motion in the right front wheel. If you don't notice any motion, look closer.

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 14: The Moon

Emily Lakdawalla • December 14, 2009

The Moon is the most familiar of the objects in the heavens.

Congratulations to the WISE team on a successful launch!

Emily Lakdawalla • December 14, 2009

It was worth my while to get up at 5:15 my time this morning -- I saw a flawless launch of a Delta II from Vandenberg Air Force Base, carrying the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) into orbit.

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 13: Dactyl

Emily Lakdawalla • December 13, 2009

If you don't think Pluto gets enough respect, just imagine what it's like to be a satellite of an asteroid.

Copenhagen Needs More Space, Part 2 The Orbiting Carbon Observatory Must Fly Again

Charlene Anderson • December 13, 2009

In our continuing saga of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO), the scene now switches from Copenhagen to Washington, D.C.

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 12: Saturn

Emily Lakdawalla • December 12, 2009

Cassini's amazing cameras have set a new standard for the quality, sharpness, resolution, beautiful color, and all-around spectacularness of images returned from the outer solar system.

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 11: Io

Emily Lakdawalla • December 11, 2009

This is a special post for all of my readers who are lighting the first candle on their menorot this evening.

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