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A New Dimension for Mercury

Bill Dunford • July 15, 2013 • 3

There's a cool new way to explore the first planet.

Scale comparisons of the solar system's major moons

Emily Lakdawalla • July 10, 2013 • 16

A few presentation slides with pretty pictures, sized to scale, of the large moons of the solar system.

A Little Moonlight

Bill Dunford • June 19, 2013 • 1

From far away, or from so near you could almost touch it, the moon is beautiful.

Lesser-known views of Uranus and Neptune

Emily Lakdawalla • May 28, 2013 • 9

Despite the fact that Voyager 2 returned relatively few high-resolution images from either Uranus or Neptune, there are many more photos in the archives than regularly make it to public view.

Opportunity and Curiosity updates: Rolling and drilling and a little wear on the wheels

Emily Lakdawalla • May 20, 2013 • 3

For most of April, while Mars scuttled behind the Sun as seen from Earth, both Mars rovers were pretty inactive. Now that conjunction has ended, both are doing what rovers should be doing: roving and exploring. As of sol 3312 Opportunity had moved more than 300 meters southward toward Solander Point, while on her sol 279 Curiosity drilled at a second site, Cumberland.

Many More Colors than Red: Exploring Mars with Spectroscopy

Bill Dunford • May 20, 2013 • 6

Mars gives up its secrets through the unseen colors of its rocks.

Mimas and Pandora dance

Emily Lakdawalla • May 15, 2013 • 6

I've been out of town for a couple of days and am overwhelmed with work and an overflowing email box. So what do I do about that? I ignore what I'm supposed to be doing and play with Cassini raw image data, of course. Here is a "mutual event" of Mimas (the bigger moon) and Pandora (the outer shepherd of the F ring).

New Deep Impact Hartley 2 data set

Emily Lakdawalla • May 03, 2013 • 7

Just messing around with a recently released processed version of the Deep Impact Hartley 2 data set.

Dark No More: Exploring the Far Side of the Moon

Bill Dunford • April 29, 2013 • 3

The first human beings to see the mysterious "dark" side of the moon were not astronauts.

One of my favorite image processing tricks: colorizing images

Emily Lakdawalla • April 23, 2013 • 2

An easy image processing trick -- using lower-resolution color data to colorize a black-and-white photo -- is relied upon by many space missions to keep data volumes low. Here's how to do it.

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