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My ever-popular asteroids-and-comets montage, now in color, with bonus Toutatis

Emily Lakdawalla • December 18, 2012 • 9

My collage of all the asteroids and comets visited by spacecraft is probably the single most popular image I have ever posted on this blog. I've now updated it to be in color and to include Toutatis.

Where We Stand: The year in advocacy and what's ahead for 2013

Casey Dreier • December 16, 2012 • 12

We've had a very busy year defending funding for NASA's Planetary Science division.

Watch Planetary Radio LIVE on Saturday!

Mat Kaplan • December 15, 2012 • 1

Watch the live show at 2pm Pacific on Saturday, December 15 to see Bill Nye, Emily Lakdawalla and the leaders of the Mars Science Laboratory rover mission.

Chang'E 2 imaging of Toutatis succeeded beyond my expectations!

Emily Lakdawalla • December 14, 2012 • 19

The Chang'E 2 mission flyby of Toutatis succeeded in acquiring images. Oh my goodness, did they succeed. These, in combination with the incredible radar images still being acquired from Goldstone and innumerable optical observations, make Toutatis one of the best-studied asteroids in the solar system.

Forty years after Apollo 17's final footsteps

Andrew Chaikin • December 14, 2012 • 2

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the last human footsteps on the Moon. In my latest video I look back at Apollo 17 and explain why I believe the Moon is the solar system's "jewel in the crown," beckoning us to return.

How GRAIL will meet its end

Emily Lakdawalla • December 13, 2012 • 2

The twin GRAIL spacecraft are nearly out of fuel, and are being directed to a controlled impact near the north pole on the near side of the Moon on December 17. Before the end, though, they did some cool things, including flying within 2000 meters of mountaintops, and catching video of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter in flight.

Planetary Society Hangout Thursday noon PT / 2000 UT: GRAIL's Demise, Curiosity Arrives, and the 2020 Rover Surprise

Casey Dreier • December 13, 2012 • 3

Join us for our weekly hangout and catch up on GRAIL, Curiosity, and the future Mars rover.

North Korea launches first satellite

Jason Davis • December 12, 2012

North Korea successfully launched their first satellite from the Sohae Satellite Launching Station at 9:49 a.m. local time Wednesday.

Crowdsourcing the Andromeda Galaxy

Jason Davis • December 11, 2012 • 1

Scientists would like your help starting at high-resolution images of the Andromeda Galaxy captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.

More recommended nonfiction and activity space books for children

Emily Lakdawalla • December 11, 2012 • 2

My final set of reviews of children's books for 2012: five recommended nonfiction books for a range of ages.

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