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Door 16 in the 2010 advent calendar

Time to open the sixteenth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this widespread fan?

Come back, Venus.....

This image is so, so beautiful, and so, so sad.

Akatsuki enters orbit at Venus today!

In just a few hours, Venus will have a second orbiter. Japan's Akatsuki is due to start firing its orbit insertion engines on December 7.

Door 5 in the 2010 advent calendar

Time to open the fifth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this meandering river?

Venus: Not so neat and tidy as we thought

Pioneer Venus discovered a stable

Special report by Bill Nye from the VEXAG Meeting

Is Venus the forgotten planet, or just one that's hard to figure out?

One month, one journal, so many missed space stories!

Or: Emily reads you the table of contents of Icarus.

Hubble turns 20

Tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. It's hard to believe it's been going strong for so many years.

Venus Express evidence for recent hot-spot volcanism on Venus

Venus? What? Somebody still studies that planet? Yes, and in fact there's an active spacecraft there: Venus Express, the poor little sister to Mars Express.

LPSC: Venus

Despite the fact that I began my career in science doing research on Magellan images of Venus, I've often avoided Venus sessions at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference because they've tended to be pointlessly contentious. But I decided to attend the one this year to see how things went.

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 22: Venus

Venus is such a beautiful, brilliant light in the sky. (When it's up; just now Venus is actually near solar conjunction, so we'll have to wait a bit for it to grace the heavens.)

MESSENGER gets two planets for the price of one

Here's a pretty shot of Mercury taken by MESSENGER on approach...but wait, what's that tiny little speck in the lower left corner of the photo?

Exciting Times Ahead: 2010 Will Sizzle, and 2011 Will Really Cook!

Today, I'm kicking the week off with a look at the unusually intense confluence of far flung planetary exploration that's just around the corner, starting the middle of next year.

LPSC: Thursday: Rovers, Titan, Mars, Venus Express, Neptune

I spent a large portion of the day at the Lunar and Planetary Institute's library and presented my own poster during the poster sessions, so my coverage of Thursday's sessions is limited.

Flyby of Venus Speeds MESSENGER Onward to Mercury

The MESSENGER spacecraft is zeroing in on Venus for the most significant gravity assist maneuver of its long journey to Mercury.

MESSENGER's Venus flyby successful

A press release just hit my mailbox stating that MESSENGER has been heard from since its Venus flyby, so there are now only four flybys to go before MESSENGER will be in orbit at Mercury!

New items on the website: Rover update and [email protected]

I just wanted to point out a couple of new items on the website.

Voyager's Last View

Home. Family. This will be Voyager's enduring legacy: It has changed forever the feelings raised by those words. Through its robotic eyes we have learned to see the solar system as our home. Through its portraits of the planets we know that they are part of our family. Apollo astronauts showed us a tiny Earth alone in the blackness of space. Now, with these images, Voyager has shown us that Earth is not really alone. Around our parent Sun orbit sibling worlds, companions as we travel through the Galaxy.

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