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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Spirit Turns Wheels, Opportunity Rests at Rare Martian Rock

A.J.S. Rayl • November 30, 2009

The Mars Exploration Rovers managed to make history and uncover history in November and that put both Spirit and Opportunity in the planetary exploration spotlight during the 71st month of an overland expedition that was supposed to be a three-month tour.

Spectacular animation of Halley's comet

Emily Lakdawalla • November 26, 2009

It's a holiday and I'm enjoying time with the family, so rather than write a lot, I will let a spectacular image do the talking for me.

Near Earth Objects and Planetary Defense

Emily Lakdawalla • November 26, 2009

Could a space rock hit Earth and cause widespread devastation? What could we do if we found an asteroid or comet on a collision course with Earth?

Saturn's aurora, even better than before

Emily Lakdawalla • November 24, 2009

The Cassini imaging team have posted their own processed and captioned version of the Saturn's aurora movie that I posted a preview of about six weeks ago, and it was worth the wait.

Two more awesome pictures from the Enceladus flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • November 22, 2009

I'm getting to be a broken record here, but I can't stop looking at these photos from the Enceladus flyby.

Another great Enceladus shot

Emily Lakdawalla • November 21, 2009

Here's a 4-frame mosaic of Enceladus images -- just another everyday spectacularly alien landscape.

Prepare for your jaw to hit the floor when you see these pictures of Enceladus

Emily Lakdawalla • November 21, 2009

Wow, just wow. I didn't know what to expect from the second flyby of Saturn's geyser moon Enceladus in November, which happened yesterday.

Encouraging motion on Spirit

Emily Lakdawalla • November 19, 2009

It really looks like the second attempt at driving Spirit out of the trap has had the hoped-for result: some forward progress (maybe about a centimeter), and no evidence for further downward sinking.

Space Imaging II: Getting Started with MER and Cassini Raw Images now available for download

Emily Lakdawalla • November 19, 2009 • 2

I probably crammed too much into today's class: an hour-and-a-half whirlwind tour through the cameras on the rovers and Cassini, how to access their raw images on the Internet, and some basic processing that you can do with each of them.

Hayabusa's still coming home: JAXA engineers come up with yet another creative solution

Emily Lakdawalla • November 19, 2009

Trouble has come time and again to JAXA's little Hayabusa asteroid sample return mission, yet the mission's engineers always come up with new and creative ways to solve problems.

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