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Conjunction season is over, and Opportunity is back to work

Emily Lakdawalla • February 17, 2011

It's always a relief when conjunction passes. Opportunity has gotten right back to work, sending down data acquired just before the moratorium, which spanned from January 27 to February 11.

Happy Valentine's Day from Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • February 14, 2011

I dug around and found something unique: this cool heart-shaped feature on Mars -- my Valentine to you all!

Google Mars base maps available for Opportunity's future traverse

Emily Lakdawalla • February 09, 2011

Thanks to the work of several amateurs, Google Mars is a great tool for following the past and future peregrinations of the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.

Mars conjunction today: Cool SOHO/SDO video

Emily Lakdawalla • February 04, 2011

Today Mars made its closest approach to the Sun -- as seen from Earth, that is. Why is this important?

Dawn Journal: ORT ORT ORT

Marc Rayman • February 03, 2011

Dawn continues its flight through the asteroid belt, steadily heading toward its July rendezvous with Vesta, where it will take up residence for a year. On January 10, Dawn performed some of the activities that it will execute in its low altitude mapping orbit (LAMO) at Vesta.

Butterfly crater on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • January 27, 2011

I've spent the day noodling around in the current issue of Icarus, following up some of the more interesting stories within its table of contents, and came across a picture of this very cool crater -- actually, set of craters -- on Mars.

Scientific clarification: "inverted topography" is more general than "esker-like features"

Emily Lakdawalla • January 14, 2011

In the past couple of months I've received several emails from scientists offering clarifications, corrections, or alternative points of view to previous posts, which is awesome and something that I enthusiastically encourage. Here's one of them.

365 Days of Astronomy Podcast: Unmanned Space Exploration in 2011

Emily Lakdawalla • January 12, 2011

Today the 365 Days of Astronomy podcast aired my contribution, Unmanned Space Exploration in 2011, about what to look forward to in solar system exploration this year.

"A genuinely weird experience": A video of Steve Squyres explaining a photo of Steve Squyres

Emily Lakdawalla • January 12, 2011

In a lovely talk, in his uncommonly engaging way, Steve Squyres presents the portrait of him that now hangs in the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery.

Sunset and eclipse on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • January 05, 2011

These two movies were posted to the JPL website a couple of weeks ago, and they are just amazing.

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