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Snapshots from Space

by Emily Lakdawalla

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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!

LPSC 2011: Day 3: Moon, Mars, and Venus

Ted Stryk • March 10, 2011

Wednesday morning included some interesting conversations. Notably, I spoke with Pamela Gay, who is responsible for the MoonZoo citizen science program and who is presently working on developing a site through which the public will be able to help search for potential Kuiper belt objects for the New Horizons mission to encounter after the Pluto flyby.

The Solar System from the Inside Out - and the Outside In

Emily Lakdawalla • February 18, 2011

Space probes grant us perspective, the ability to see our place within the vastness of the solar system. But opportunities to see all of the solar system's planets in one observation are rare. In fact, there's only been one opportunity on one mission to see the whole solar system at once, until now.

IKAROS: self-portrait with Venus; primary mission complete

Emily Lakdawalla • January 26, 2011

JAXA posted a report today stating that IKAROS "has completed its regular operations."

Two possible futures for Akatsuki

Emily Lakdawalla • January 05, 2011

There are two intriguing possibilities being discussed in the Japanese media for what to do with Akatsuki, a space probe in orbit near Venus with a fully functional, highly capable suite of cameras but a damaged main engine.

Door 23 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 23, 2010

Time to open the twenty-third door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this oozing wound?

Door 16 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 16, 2010

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

Come back, Venus.....

Emily Lakdawalla • December 09, 2010

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

Akatsuki enters orbit at Venus today!

Emily Lakdawalla • December 06, 2010

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

Emily Lakdawalla • December 05, 2010

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

Emily Lakdawalla • September 23, 2010

Pioneer Venus discovered a stable "dipole" near Venus' north pole, and Venus Express found the same thing near Venus' south pole. Except now Venus Express has found it's not as stable as once thought.

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