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Pretty picture: Jupiter photo from an unusual source

Emily Lakdawalla • December 26, 2012 • 4

A recently launched Earth-observing satellite is using the stars to practice its pointing, and caught a neat animation of Jupiter.

Who is the photographer behind Mars rover photos? Answer from Mark Lemmon

Mark Lemmon • December 21, 2012 • 2

A Mars imaging scientist answers the question: who is the "photographer" behind images returned from Mars?

Mars Express VMC resumes raw data posting

Emily Lakdawalla • December 19, 2012 • 2

ESA brought Mars Express' VMC back online in May, but hasn't been posting the images. This week, they launched a new process to release VMC images automatically to a Flickr page.

My ever-popular asteroids-and-comets montage, now in color, with bonus Toutatis

Emily Lakdawalla • December 18, 2012 • 9

My collage of all the asteroids and comets visited by spacecraft is probably the single most popular image I have ever posted on this blog. I've now updated it to be in color and to include Toutatis.

Chang'E 2 imaging of Toutatis succeeded beyond my expectations!

Emily Lakdawalla • December 14, 2012 • 19

The Chang'E 2 mission flyby of Toutatis succeeded in acquiring images. Oh my goodness, did they succeed. These, in combination with the incredible radar images still being acquired from Goldstone and innumerable optical observations, make Toutatis one of the best-studied asteroids in the solar system.

Blast from the past: Mariner 4's images of Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • December 10, 2012 • 5

While hunting for photos to use in a presentation, I came across a couple of different amateur takes on the Mariner 4 photo catalog.

Asteroid 4179 Toutatis' upcoming encounters with Earth and Chang'E 2

Emily Lakdawalla • December 06, 2012 • 6

Near-Earth asteroid 4179 Toutatis will be passing within 7 million kilometers of Earth on December 12. Both radio telescopes and the Chang'E 2 spacecraft will be acquiring images.

Images from the long-awaited Dawn Vesta data set

Daniel Macháček • November 29, 2012 • 4

A few days ago, the Dawn mission finally published their archival data. During the year of delay I often looked with anticipation to the Planetary Data System to check whether or not images were there, and I am delighted that they are finally available. Was the wait worth it? Definitely!

That amazing image of Saturn's north pole just got better: now, it moves!

Emily Lakdawalla • November 28, 2012 • 2

Remember the amazing photo of Saturn's north pole that I posted yesterday? Now, thanks to an amateur image processor, it moves, and the motions of the individual clouds within the belts are mesmerizing.

Staring into Saturn's baleful eye

Emily Lakdawalla • November 27, 2012 • 12

Amazing photos have just come back from Cassini, of swirling clouds surrounding Saturn's north pole.

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