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81. The Space Age turns 50

(Web Page; Mon Apr 18 22:36:00 CDT 2016)

Around the world, there is conversation today about the fiftieth anniversary of the launch of Спутник, that is, Sputnik, Earth's first unnatural satellite. When Sputnik was tracked across American skies it inspired fear and paranoia in s...

Description: Around the world, there is conversation today about the fiftieth anniversary of the launch of Спутник, that is, Sputnik, Earth's first unnatural satellite.

82. A new look at Venus with Akatsuki

(Web Page; Tue Jan 16 11:55:00 CST 2018)

Editor's note: This blog post is a collaboration between an image processing enthusiast (Damia Bouic) and three professional scientists (Thomas Widemann, Emmanuel Marcq, and Colin Wilson). Bouic has dived into a data set and processed im...

Description: Amateur image processor Damia Bouic shares a plethora of stunning new images of Venus captured by a Japanese spacecraft.

83. What's up in the solar system for the week of May 12

(Web Page; Fri May 18 14:31:00 CDT 2018)

It's time to check in on what's going on with our trusty robots around the solar system. At Saturn, Cassini just completed its 44th targeted flyby of Titan, which (for historical reasons) is called "T43." This flyby included RADAR imagin...

Description: It's time to check in on what's going on with our trusty robots around the solar system.

84. A backlog of 400 emails: ESA and NASA; MGS failure; Iapetus; Saturn's D ring

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 02:11:00 CDT 2012)

What with parenthood and summer travel and sickness I've gotten horrifically behind on processing my email. My inbox -- an erstwhile sparsely populated place -- contains almost 400 items, a mishmash of press releases, blog readers' comm...

Description: A backlog of 400 emails: ESA and NASA; MGS failure; Iapetus; Saturn's D ring

85. What's up in the solar system in November 2011

(Web Page; Wed Feb 19 19:00:00 CST 2014)

For a few weeks over November and December, a rare launch window to Mars opens, and then slams shut agin. Mars launch windows only happen once each 26 months, so if you miss the window, you have to wait more than two years for the next o...

Description: For a few weeks over November and December, a rare launch window to Mars opens, and then slams shut agin. Mars launch windows only happen once each 26 months, so if you miss the window, you have to wait more than two years for the next one.

86. What's Up in the Solar System in February 2012

(Web Page; Tue Jul 29 14:44:00 CDT 2014)

I think the word for the month of February is: "routine." The 21 missions that I'm tracking (amounting to 24 spacecraft) are nearly all in routine science operations or cruise behavior, gathering data from across the solar system or jour...

Description: I think the word for the month of February is: "routine." The 21 missions that I'm tracking (amounting to 24 spacecraft) are nearly all in routine science operations or cruise behavior, gathering data from across the solar system or journeying to new destinations.

87. Understanding why our most Earth-like neighbor, Venus, is so different

(Web Page; Mon Mar 02 12:44:00 CST 2015)

When I first learned about the solar system a few decades ago, the scientific consensus held that the structure of our solar system resulted from standard processes of stellar evolution. The arrangement of planets with small rocky worlds...

Description: Van Kane introduces us to EnVision—a proposed European mission to help improve our understanding of Venus.

88. What's up in the solar system in August 2011

(Web Page; Mon Oct 05 17:44:00 CDT 2015)

August is supposed to be a lazy summer vacation month, but there's quite a lot going on in the solar system. Opportunity has left the Meridiani dunes behind and is now just a few hundred meters away from making "landfall" at Cape York, p...

Description: August is supposed to be a lazy summer vacation month, but there's quite a lot going on in the solar system.

89. Akatsuki begins a productive science mission at Venus

(Web Page; Thu May 19 18:02:00 CDT 2016)

This post is a little delayed, but I hope it will still be welcome because the news is good: Japan's Akatsuki Venus orbiter is well into its science mission, and has already produced surprising science results. Project manager Masato Nak...

Description: Japan's Akatsuki Venus orbiter is well into its science mission, and has already produced surprising science results. The mission, originally planned to last two years, could last as many as five, monitoring Venus' atmosphere over the long term.

90. What's up in the solar system for the week of November 10

(Web Page; Wed Aug 29 15:51:00 CDT 2012)

With the whirlwind of events taking place across the solar system throughout October, I couldn't find the time to keep up with my erstwhile weekly updates of events across the solar system. Things have quieted down again, so I can take ...

Description: What's up in the solar system for the week of November 10

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