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1. LPSC 2011: Wanted: Pioneer 10 & 11 digital data

(Web Page; Tue Nov 12 19:07:00 CST 2013)

This is both a Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) update and a public service announcement. Ted Stryk posted a blog entry yesterday summarizing the work that he presented at the LPSC poster session on Tuesday, March 8. He's be...

Description: This is both a Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) update and a public service announcement. Ted Stryk has been working for years to locate the original Pioneer 10 and 11 image data from the Jupiter and Saturn encounters.

2. Blast from the past: Pioneer 10 and 11 pictures of Jupiter

(Web Page; Tue Oct 22 18:28:00 CDT 2013)

Here's a few pretty pictures that were recently dusted off by Ted Stryk, who is really living up to his unmannedspaceflight.com nickname of "Planetary Dumpster Diver" with this work. Pioneer 10 and 11 passed by Jupiter on December 4, 197...

Description: Here's a few pretty pictures that were recently dusted off by Ted Stryk. Pioneer 10 and 11 passed by Jupiter on December 4, 1973, and December 3, 1974, respectively. Here are three pictures from those two encounters, in versions newly processed by Ted from scanned photographic prints found during a research trip to NASA's Ames Research Center.

3. Update to my S/2008 S1 post: Cassini can fly past it!

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

UPDATE: This new moon is now named Aegaeon.So it turns out I was totally wrong yesterday when I claimed that Cassini wouldn't be allowed to get close enough to the G ring to get a decent image of the newly discovered tiny moonlet S/2008 ...

Description: Update to my S/2008 S1 post: Cassini can fly past it!

4. We didn't start the science

(Web Page; Mon Feb 04 16:04:00 CST 2013)

Oh this is fun. Andy Rivkin is an asteroid astronomer, an officer in the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, and troubadour. That's all the introduction you need to this video. Nice job, Andy! Here's ...

Description: Asteroid astronomer Andy Rivkin has posted to YouTube his own awesome version of "We Didn't Start the Fire" -- with planetary science lyrics.

5. Planetary Society Statement on the Pioneer Anomaly

(Web Page; Mon Nov 11 18:43:00 CST 2013)

Planetary Society Members have been supporting Slava Turyshev and his colleagues in their scientific quest to solve the famous Pioneer Anomaly. They have just published a peer-reviewed paper that reports on what may be the last step towa...

Description: Planetary Society Members have been supporting Slava Turyshev and his colleagues in their scientific quest to solve the famous Pioneer Anomaly. They have just published a peer-reviewed paper that reports on what may be the last step toward the solution.

6. It's so crazy it just might work: Send Cassini between the rings and the planet

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

Although the first mission extension for Cassini hasn't officially been approved yet by NASA Headquarters (which strikes me as being kind of silly, since the primary mission comes to a close in less than two months!!), the mission is alr...

Description: It's so crazy it just might work: Send Cassini between the rings and the planet

7. Pioneer Anomaly Solved!

(Web Page; Mon Dec 08 16:17:00 CST 2014)

With the latest piece of the puzzle just published in a scientific journal, a solar system mystery that has perplexed people for more than 20 years has been solved, truly thanks to the support of Planetary Society members. That mystery i...

Description: With the latest piece of the puzzle just published in a scientific journal, a solar system mystery that has perplexed people for more than 20 years has been solved, truly thanks to the support of Planetary Society members.

8. Watching the birth and death of moonlets in Saturn's F ring

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 01:35:00 CDT 2012)

The Saturn system is always in motion, always changing. Saturn itself is a gas giant, with swirling storms, and like the other gas giants it has a host of moons flying around, perturbing each other's motions. And then there's the rings...

Description: Watching the birth and death of moonlets in Saturn's F ring

9. A new trick for IKAROS: Spinning the other way

(Web Page; Thu Jul 10 13:19:00 CDT 2014)

JAXA's solar sail demonstration craft IKAROS is still puttering along, 17 months after it launched, and its controllers back on Earth keep coming up with new things to try with it. I'm pretty amazed by the most recent trick: reversing it...

Description: JAXA's solar sail demonstration craft IKAROS is still puttering along, 17 months after it launched, and its controllers back on Earth keep coming up with new things to try with it. I'm pretty amazed by the most recent trick: reversing its spin direction. This may not sound like a big deal, but it is, especially for IKAROS.

10. LPSC: Thursday: The Moons of Jupiter and the future of Outer Planet Exploration

(Web Page; Mon Apr 16 23:32:00 CDT 2012)

I said earlier I was going to cover the poster sessions next, and there are some cool things that I want to write about, but I thought I'd better get to something a bit more topical a bit sooner: Europa and the other Galilean satellites,...

Description: LPSC: Thursday: The Moons of Jupiter and the future of Outer Planet Exploration

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