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Emily LakdawallaAugust 28, 2009

My Tweets this week (28 August 2009)

First off, I want to apologize for the fact that this'll be the only post today -- horrible air quality due to numerous Los Angeles area fires is making a bad cold more uncomfortable, and I have a bunch of September 1 deadlines on other projects.

Here's what I've been talking up on Twitter this week. If you'd like to see these in real time, Follow me at Twitter. A word on some conventions: "RT" means "Retweet" -- I'm repeating something that somebody else said. Anything preceded by an "@" symbol is the username of someone else on Twitter. Twitter is a microblogging service that limits updates to 140 characters in length; I use it primarily to post links to stories I don't have time to write about here on the blog and to mention really really tiny bits of news that aren't worth full blog entries.

JPL workers have been ordered to stay indoors because the nearby Station Fire (2 miles away) is making air quality awful.
riday, August 28, 2009 1:30 PM

RT @GovertTweets: Saturn's icy moon Enceladus, famous for geysers, was discovered 220 years ago today, by William Herschel, on 28 Aug 1789.
riday, August 28, 2009 7:06 AM

RT @MarsPhoenix Nothing new from Phoenix at this time. We'll attempt to contact the lander in October (approx) when spring begins.
hursday, August 27, 2009 8:13 PM

RT @plutokiller There is FOG. On TITAN. Which means POOLS OF EVAPORATING METHANE. How cool is that?
hursday, August 27, 2009 2:40 PM

Dang. I planned to write about Erlanger crater but @BadAstronomer beat me to it: Guess I'll pick another pretty LRO pic!
hursday, August 27, 2009 12:08 PM

Night-night, New Horizons: RT @NewHorizons2015: Nap time for NH begins today at 10:30 Eastern, & lasts until Nov 10th.
hursday, August 27, 2009 7:06 AM

RT @Nancy_A: RT @astroengine Happy Mars Hoax Day everyone! "Look Out! Mars Is (Not) Coming!"
hursday, August 27, 2009 6:50 AM

According to my Mars calendar, today marks the 3rd anniversary of Spirit's landing -- in Martian years. Happy 3rd, Spirit!
ednesday, August 26, 2009 7:24 AM

My biggest "oh, wow" moment from my day at JPL: when Bill Irace told me the WISE IR detectors will be cooled with 15 kg of solid hydrogen!!
uesday, August 25, 2009 6:53 PM

I also talked with John Callas who told me tau over Spirit is I think 2.5ish, dust factor deteriorating at .7-something.
uesday, August 25, 2009 4:40 PM

I had a nice chat with @marsroverdriver Scott Maxwell -- sounds like the plan to free Spirit is slow and steady.
uesday, August 25, 2009 4:37 PM

SSTB engineering model of the rover in the sandbox at JPL -I saw it move!
uesday, August 25, 2009 3:38 PM

I am, as the saying goes here, "on Lab" at JPL to get some face-to-face mission updates.
uesday, August 25, 2009 2:07 PM

Getting ready for a trip to JPL today to get updates on the rovers, #FreeSpirit, WISE infrared survey mission, and Juno Jupiter orbiter.
uesday, August 25, 2009 11:08 AM

RT @MarsRovers It's dust storm season on Mars & one is picking up over Spirit. Keeping a close eye on the storm & Spirit's power levels.
uesday, August 25, 2009 11:07 AM

RT @GovertTweets: 20 years ago today (25 Aug 1989), Voyager 2 encountered Neptune. Those were great days at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab.
uesday, August 25, 2009 8:48 AM

Oops: Anomaly on LCROSS caused consumption of "a substantial amount of fuel" but they think enough remains for mission:
uesday, August 25, 2009 7:04 AM

T @Nancy_A: Really liking Google's doodle today in honor of the 400th anniversary of Galileo looking through a telescope
uesday, August 25, 2009 6:48 AM

ooks like the Shuttle isn't launching tonight, so I'm off to bed. I probably won't be allowed to keep the home TV tuned to NASA tomorrow.
onday, August 24, 2009 10:19 PM

oops...60% chance of weather violating launch -- looking less and less likely the shuttle will go off tonight.
onday, August 24, 2009 8:35 PM

ooks like they're about done packing the astronauts into the shuttle.
onday, August 24, 2009 8:29 PM

'm finding it all too easy to tune out the audio from NASA TV, though the evening announcers are much better than the afternoon guy.
onday, August 24, 2009 8:25 PM

like the leather Lay-Z-Boys the astronauts get to sit in as they prep to board Discovery.
onday, August 24, 2009 6:12 PM

T @SpaceflightNow: Light rain falls on Kennedy Space Center. Weather expected to improve by launch time.
onday, August 24, 2009 5:02 PM

susankitchens Were they laughing in mission ctrl? Cool. I couldn't hear that as I had a toddler talking to me about pretzels at the time.
onday, August 24, 2009 4:32 PM

quot;This is Stephen Colbert saying, I am go to launch me. LET'S LIGHT THIS CANDLE!" ...followed by monotonic VO by NASA announcer. Sigh....
onday, August 24, 2009 4:19 PM

olbert: "Before the end of the decade we must launch a probe to find out if there's oil in heaven." (After giving props to Cassini pics!)
onday, August 24, 2009 4:18 PM

igh. NASA announcer doesn't know to pronounce it "Colberr Reporr."
onday, August 24, 2009 4:16 PM

'm following @NASA, @Nancy_A, and @LaunchPhoto for news on the launch of Discovery. Just now I've tuned in to NASA TV to see Colbert.
onday, August 24, 2009 3:43 PM

s owner (and nitpicker) of several planetary placemats, puzzles, and toys, I enjoyed Mike Brown's take on the placemat:
onday, August 24, 2009 8:52 AM

ot a spot on Mars you want explored by a billion-dollar rover? MSL mission is open to new landing site suggestions:
aturday, August 22, 2009 6:40 PM Aug 22nd from we

T @MarsRovers: A second set of "wheels" joins the JPL team testing ways to "Free Spirit" from that pesky Martian soil:
riday, August 21, 2009 5:20 PM

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