by Emily Lakdawalla
Follow the thrilling adventures of planetary missions, past and present, and see the stunningly beautiful photos that they return from space!
• December 18, 2010
Time to open the eighteenth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this brush-stroked surface?
• December 09, 2010
Time to open the ninth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this jumble of boulders and fissures?
• November 29, 2010
This was a fun image released by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera science team. Take a look at it and see if you can figure out what the significance of the red arrow is.
• September 16, 2010
I'm listening to a press briefing from several members of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter science team, regarding three papers published today in Science.
• September 07, 2010
Imagine this landscape: you're walking across an unusually smooth lunar surface, an impact melt sheet on the floor of a relatively recently formed crater.
• July 27, 2010
This news is no surprise, but I think it's the first such discovery I've heard of: the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) team has identified a new crater on the Moon, one that wasn't there when Apollo 15 flew over.
• July 16, 2010
Orientale is the youngest large impact basin on the Moon, which means that very little of it has been obliterated by later impacts.
• June 28, 2010
There's a name for that funny hummocky texture to the lunar landscape: "elephant skin."
• June 15, 2010
Speaking of spacecraft crashing...
• April 02, 2010
Here's the first cool pic I've managed to produce from the recently-released Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera data set.
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