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Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's Ongoing Adventure

Samuel Lawrence • May 29, 2014 • 5

A few people think that when it comes to the Moon, because we’ve “been there, and done that,” there is nothing new left to discover. But that viewpoint could not be farther from the truth!

Deep Impact's last images

Emily Lakdawalla • May 27, 2014

Today I received an email notification of new public releases of some image data sets. I always love seeing new public space image data, but this notification was bittersweet: it included the first public release of the very last image data returned to Earth by Deep Impact, of a distant comet ISON.

New orbital images of Curiosity landing site from Mars Express and HiRISE

Emily Lakdawalla • May 23, 2014 • 4

Mars Express and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter are keeping their eyes in the sky on Curiosity. There's a nice newly public color image of all of Gale Crater from HiRISE, and two new HiRISE images within the Curiosity landing site.

Lovely, live, continuous, high-definition video of Earth

Emily Lakdawalla • May 20, 2014 • 5

Have you ever wished you could enjoy the astronauts' view of Earth from the Space Station? Now, you can. Just go to the live feed from the High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment, crank it up to its highest resolution, let it take over your monitor, and watch Earth spin by.

Dust on, dust off: Before-and-after comparisons of rover decks on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • May 19, 2014 • 6

Curiosity and Opportunity self-portraits show one rover accumulating dust, the other losing it. Check out these cool before-and-after comparisons.

Pretty pictures: Rosetta's comet is now acting like one!

Emily Lakdawalla • May 15, 2014 • 5

New photos from ESA's comet-chaser show its destination comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, developing a coma.

A new Earthrise over the Moon from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's pushframe camera

Emily Lakdawalla • May 13, 2014

Earth's brilliant colors shine above the drab lunar horizon in this new "Earthrise" photo from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. An animation that accompanied the image release helped me to write an explainer on how pushframe cameras like Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's Wide-Angle Camera works.

Another Day in the Solar System

Bill Dunford • May 12, 2014 • 1

One day, five worlds.

Illustris: A realistic virtual universe

Mat Kaplan • May 08, 2014 • 5

Watch another universe unfold as simulated by Illustris, using a model that required 8,000 processors running in parallels 3 months to create!

A Martian analemma

Emily Lakdawalla • May 06, 2014 • 4

A Mars year's worth of Sun images from Opportunity demonstrates Mars' orbital motions as reflected in the changing apparent position of the Sun: the analemma.

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