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Follow the thrilling adventures of planetary missions, past and present, and see the stunningly beautiful photos that they return from space!

Where neon falls like rain

Emily Lakdawalla • March 22, 2010

As if Titan's methane rain weren't weird enough, Jupiter's now thought to have helium-neon rain.

400 Years of the Galilean Satellites

Emily Lakdawalla • January 07, 2010

It was 400 years ago today that Galileo discovered smaller planets attending the planet Jupiter.

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 7: Jupiter

Emily Lakdawalla • December 07, 2009

Jupiter has been high overhead at sunset for several months, a brilliant light that's easy to spot even when the sky is still bright at dusk; but it's now moving quickly to the west as Earth speeds ahead of Jupiter's more stately march around the Sun.

Four hundred and fourteen years since Galileo

Emily Lakdawalla • December 07, 2009

Galileo, the scientist, discovered the Galilean satellites of Jupiter four hundred years ago next month, while Galileo, the mission, arrived at Jupiter to study those moons in situ fourteen years ago Sunday.

Two new names in the solar system: Herse and Weywot

Emily Lakdawalla • November 12, 2009

Via the USGS I learned that Jupiter has passed a milestone of sorts, and now has fifty named satellites.

Planetary Radio Q and A: Not-so-gassy giants

Emily Lakdawalla • November 04, 2009

On Planetary Radio's "Questions and Answers" I answered this question: "I read that Uranus got its tilt when it was hit by another object. What does it mean for a ball of gas to be hit -- wouldn't another object just pass through it?"

Frame a Pluto portrait

Emily Lakdawalla • April 07, 2008

As New Horizons continues its journey (it's now approaching the orbital distance of Saturn, though it's very far from that planet in space), the mission is taking advantage of the recent experience with the Jupiter flyby to plan out the science operations for the Pluto-Charon encounter.

New Horizons' Jupiter flyby was successful!

Emily Lakdawalla • February 28, 2007

According to a press release issued minutes ago, New Horizons has successfully completed its close flyby of Jupiter.

New Horizons update and a website roundup

Emily Lakdawalla • February 03, 2007

I've just posted a very detailed timeline of New Horizons' encounter with Jupiter -- take a look!

New Horizons Jupiter Encounter Timeline

Emily Lakdawalla • January 31, 2007

A year after its launch on January 19, 2006, New Horizons is fast closing in on Jupiter, the first target on its near decade-long journey. On February 28 the spacecraft will approach to within 2.3 million kilometers (1.4 million miles) of Jupiter before speeding along on to its way to the edge of the solar system.

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