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Phobos-Grunt: all but over, a letter from IKI

Emily Lakdawalla • December 09, 2011

A letter sent by Lev Zelenyi, director of the Russian Space Research Institute (IKI) to participants in the Phobos-Soil project about the mission's failure.

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.

Mars Exploration Rovers Special Update: Opportunity Finds Best Evidence Yet for Liquid Water in Gypsum at Homestake

A.J.S. Rayl • December 07, 2011

Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has discovered gypsum and its "single most powerful piece of evidence for liquid water on Mars."

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.

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