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1. An amazing animation of Halley's comet from Vega 1

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 02:01:00 CDT 2012)

With so much talk of asteroids and comets lately I thought it'd be a good time to post this amazing artifact from the past. It's actually not from the very distant past, but it's data from the first framing CCD cameras sent into space, ...

Description: An amazing animation of Halley's comet from Vega 1

2. Europe's Experimental Spaceplane Completes Successful Test Flight

(Web Page; Tue May 29 10:25:00 CDT 2018)

An experimental two-ton spaceplane designed to demonstrate technologies required to return spacecraft from Earth orbit splashed down in the Pacific Ocean this morning after a successful, 100-minute test flight. The European Space Agency&...

Description: The IXV spaceplane, designed to demonstrate reentry technologies, splashed down in the Pacific Ocean this morning after a successful, 100-minute test flight.

3. Sounds of Stardust, and a cool morphed Tempel 1 video

(Web Page; Mon Aug 19 10:20:00 CDT 2013)

Here's two more items from Tuesday's flyby of comet Tempel 1 by the Stardust spacecraft to add to my previous roundup of Tempel 1 data. The first represents data from a dust counting instrument, portrayed as sound: I asked co-inv...

Description: Here's two more items from Tuesday's flyby of comet Tempel 1 by the Stardust spacecraft to add to my previous roundup of Tempel 1 data. The first represents data from a dust counting instrument, portrayed as sound, and the second is a terrific morph animation of the flyby produced by Daniel Macháček.

4. Bulgaria in Space

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

In my most recent post on Chandrayaan-1 I mentioned the first results from the RADOM experiment, provided to the Indian mission by the nation of Bulgaria. I also mentioned that "I don't know anything about Bulgaria's previous contributi...

Description: Bulgaria in Space

5. Report from AAS: Exoplanets (and exo-asteroids, and exo-comets) everywhere

(Web Page; Wed Jan 09 12:56:00 CST 2013)

This week the American Astronomical Society (AAS) is meeting in Long Beach. An astonishing fact about the 2013 meeting of the AAS: 30% of all the talks at this meeting are on exoplanets.Just let that sink in for a moment. It wasn't that ...

Description: This year's American Astronomical Society meeting featured tons and tons of news on exoplanets. They're everywhere! And not just planets, but also asteroids, comets, and more....

6. Europlanet : Up high and down low using H2O

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

After Kevin was Jacque Blamont of CNES talking about sending balloons to Venus, Mars, and Titan. The principle of flying balloons has been known since 1783 - but they're not a particularly efficient way of carrying a payload around. ...

Description: Europlanet : Up high and down low using H2O

7. Things that probably won't ever be called planets, but maybe they should

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 02:01:00 CDT 2012)

EDIT: I have now posted a single-image version of the scale asteroids and comets montage for your downloading pleasure. --ESLThe longer I listened to the "great planet debate" last week, the more strongly I felt that if it were up to me,...

Description: Things that probably won't ever be called planets, but maybe they should

8. Two Days, Two Launches and Three Landings

(Web Page; Wed Feb 11 16:25:00 CST 2015)

Update, 2-11 5:00 p.m. EST: SpaceX has scrubbed the attempt to land their Falcon 9 rocket's first stage on the drone ship, citing three-story-high waves in the Atlantic Ocean. Update, 2-10 6:00 p.m. EST: The launch of DSCOVR was scrubb...

Description: Within a two-day span, two rocket launches and three ocean landings are scheduled—one of which involves an autonomous spaceport drone ship.

9. Slava Linkin, 1937-2019

(Web Page; Thu Jan 17 22:30:00 CST 2019)

Slava Linkin, one of the leading planetary scientists in the Soviet Union and later Russia, passed away on 16 January 2019. Viachelslav Mikhailovich Linkin was an enormously important participant in Planetary Society history. He was deep...

Description: Slava Linkin, one of the leading planetary scientists in the Soviet Union and later Russia, passed away on 16 January 2019. Viachelslav Mikhailovich Linkin was an enormously important participant in Planetary Society history.

10. Russia's Venera-D mission (DPS-EPSC 2011)

(Web Page; Sun Feb 09 18:34:00 CST 2014)

During the afternoon poster session at the Division of Planetary Sciences / European Planetary Science Congress meeting, I had a long talk with Ludmila Zasova (IKI) about Russia's Venera-D mission to Venus. It has been pushed back to 201...

Description: During the afternoon poster session at the Division of Planetary Sciences / European Planetary Science Congress meeting, I had a long talk with Ludmila Zasova (IKI) about Russia's Venera-D mission to Venus.

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