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Bill Dunford

Bill Dunford is just a desktop astronaut, following the adventures of robotic spacecraft. He writes for NASA about solar system exploration in general and the Cassini mission in particular. He also blogs at Riding with Robots on the High Frontier and as @ridingrobots. His blog posts are his own, and are not necessarily endorsed by NASA or The Planetary Society.

Latest Blog Posts

New Gems from the Moon

October 10, 2016

More than seven years after the end of its mission, JAXA has released the entire data set from Kaguya's HDTV cameras.

A Day in the Solar System: 28 October 2015

November 09, 2015

On October 28th, the Cassini spacecraft flew through the geyser plume of Saturn's moon Enceladus. But Cassini was not the only spacecraft operating in the solar system that day.

Roving Mars—In Utah

August 19, 2015

Students gather in the desert to answer the University Rover Challenge, pushing the limits of the tech that will drive future Mars exploration.

Latest Processed Space Images

Mars near southern summer solstice

November 01, 2016

Through 2016, as summer came to Mars' south pole, the Mars Express Visual Monitoring Camera lived up to its name, watching the Sun creep across the ice cap and defrost it. This photo was taken on October 26.

The Sirenum Fossae Region of Mars

February 10, 2014

Mars Express sent back this view of Sirenum Fossae and the hills of Simois Colles, which are seen on the left side near the middle of the image.

Viking 2 Approaches Mars

February 03, 2014

Mars looms before the Viking 2 spacecraft as it approaches the planet in August, 1976.

astronaut on Phobos
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