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A serious problem on Phobos-Grunt

Emily Lakdawalla • November 08, 2011

It looks like something has gone wrong with Phobos-Grunt.

Live feeds on asteroid 2005 YU55 as it passes Earth

Emily Lakdawalla • November 08, 2011

Unless you've been living under a rock you've probably heard that there is a relatively large (400-meter) asteroid passing closer to Earth than the orbit of the Moon today -- in just a few minutes, as a matter of fact.

Phobos-Grunt and Phobos LIFE, with Yinghuo-1, have launched!

Bruce Betts • November 08, 2011

I am ecstatic to report that at 20:16 UTC, millions of passengers on board the Planetary Society's Phobos LIFE biomodule launched into space inside the Phobos Sample Return (also known as Phobos Grunt or Phobos Soil) spacecraft.

How radio telescopes get "images" of asteroids

Emily Lakdawalla • November 08, 2011 • 2

This is a repost of an article I wrote in April 2010; I thought it'd be useful reading for those of you interested in today's near-Earth flyby of asteroid 2005 YU55.

Phobos-Grunt and Yinghuo-1 poised for liftoff

Emily Lakdawalla • November 08, 2011

Russia's Phobos-Grunt sample return spacecraft, carrying the Planetary Society's Phobos LIFE experiment, plus China's Yinghuo-1 Mars minisatellite, are poised for launch at Baikonur! The launch window opens in less than six hours, at 20:16 UTC.

Phobos-Grunt and Yinghuo-1 now encapsulated in their fairing (lots of photos)

Emily Lakdawalla • November 04, 2011

About a week after Curiosity passed through the same milestone, Phobos-Grunt and Yinghuo-1 -- still slated for a November 8 launch -- were encapsulated in their payload fairing in preparation for being stacked on their rocket. And, of course, our little Phobos LIFE capsule is inside there too!

Curiosity stacked for launch, still waiting for plutonium power source installation

Emily Lakdawalla • November 04, 2011

It's still three weeks until Curiosity's launch date, but the spacecraft has already been placed on top of its rocket. The Kennedy Space Center's Curiosity photo album now has lots of pictures of the spacecraft being enclosed inside the payload fairing (the rocket's "nose cone") and hoisted to the top of the Atlas V.

Print publications galore!

Emily Lakdawalla • November 03, 2011

November has already been a very good month for me in the print publication realm. I've had published not one, but two, feature articles on Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory rover.

Dawn Journal: HAMO successfully completed, LAMO ahead

Marc Rayman • November 03, 2011

Dawn has completed another wonderfully successful phase of its exploration of Vesta, studying it in unprecedented detail during the past month.

Deep Impact goes for the deep sky

Emily Lakdawalla • November 02, 2011

I love it when old spacecraft get pushed to perform feats that weren't part of their original missions.

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