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Mariner 9 approaching Mars: a movie!

Emily Lakdawalla • December 09, 2011

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Mariner 9's November 13, 1971 arrival at Mars, Daniel Macháček has produced a morphed animation of the images that Mars' first orbiter took while approaching the planet.

Notes on Dawn at Vesta from the 2011 American Geophysical Union meeting

Emily Lakdawalla • December 08, 2011

A report on the press briefing and talks from the Fall 2011 American Geophyisical Union meeting about the data on Vesta collected so far by Dawn.

Good news, everyone: We're getting as good at space weather forecasts as we are at Earth weather forecasts

Emily Lakdawalla • December 06, 2011 • 1

Emily reports from the Fall 2011 American Geophyisical Union meeting about advancements in space weather prediction.

Sungrazing with Lovejoy's Comet

Jason Davis • December 06, 2011

Observations of the newly sighted Kreutz sungrazer comet C/2011 W3 (Lovejoy) from the ground and from SOHO (a joint NASA/ESA satellite) and STEREO (NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory).

From the 2011 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU): Voyager 1 at the edge of the solar system

Emily Lakdawalla • December 05, 2011

A report on a press briefing about Voyager 1 at the Fall 2011 American Geophyisical Union meeting. The spacecraft has entered a new region between our solar system and interstellar space, which scientists are calling the stagnation region.

Curiosity, from a 1935 perspective

Jason Davis • December 03, 2011

With a new rover, Curiosity, on its way to Mars, Jason Davis takes a look at what we knew - or thought we knew - about the planet back in 1935.

Reviews of space-themed books for kids ages 7 and up

Emily Lakdawalla • December 02, 2011

OK, this is my last pile of book reviews for this year: a collection of good books for kids older than mine.

ESA is ending ground station support for Phobos-Grunt

Emily Lakdawalla • December 02, 2011

After modifying two antennas and attempting to send commands to Phobos-Grunt for weeks without success, ESA has made the decision to stop tracking support.

First-ever high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar image of Enceladus

Emily Lakdawalla • December 01, 2011

On the November 6, 2011 flyby of Enceladus -- the third such flyby in just a few weeks -- the Cassini mission elected to take a SAR swath instead of using the optical instruments for once. So here it is: the first-ever SAR swath on Enceladus. In fact, the only other places we've ever done SAR imaging are Earth, the Moon, Venus, Iapetus, and Titan.

One-astronaut game of baseball in the International Space Station

Emily Lakdawalla • December 01, 2011

A fun video of Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa playing baseball aboard the ISS.

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