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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!

One month, one journal, so many missed space stories!

Emily Lakdawalla • June 24, 2010

Or: Emily reads you the table of contents of Icarus.

Hubble turns 20

Emily Lakdawalla • April 23, 2010

Tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. It's hard to believe it's been going strong for so many years.

Venus Express evidence for recent hot-spot volcanism on Venus

Emily Lakdawalla • April 09, 2010

Venus? What? Somebody still studies that planet? Yes, and in fact there's an active spacecraft there: Venus Express, the poor little sister to Mars Express.

LPSC: Venus

Emily Lakdawalla • March 10, 2010

Despite the fact that I began my career in science doing research on Magellan images of Venus, I've often avoided Venus sessions at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference because they've tended to be pointlessly contentious. But I decided to attend the one this year to see how things went.

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 22: Venus

Emily Lakdawalla • December 22, 2009

Venus is such a beautiful, brilliant light in the sky. (When it's up; just now Venus is actually near solar conjunction, so we'll have to wait a bit for it to grace the heavens.)

MESSENGER gets two planets for the price of one

Emily Lakdawalla • October 02, 2009

Here's a pretty shot of Mercury taken by MESSENGER on approach...but wait, what's that tiny little speck in the lower left corner of the photo?

LPSC: Thursday: Rovers, Titan, Mars, Venus Express, Neptune

Ted Stryk • March 14, 2008

I spent a large portion of the day at the Lunar and Planetary Institute's library and presented my own poster during the poster sessions, so my coverage of Thursday's sessions is limited.

Flyby of Venus Speeds MESSENGER Onward to Mercury

Emily Lakdawalla • June 05, 2007

The MESSENGER spacecraft is zeroing in on Venus for the most significant gravity assist maneuver of its long journey to Mercury.

MESSENGER's Venus flyby successful

Emily Lakdawalla • October 24, 2006

A press release just hit my mailbox stating that MESSENGER has been heard from since its Venus flyby, so there are now only four flybys to go before MESSENGER will be in orbit at Mercury!

New items on the website: Rover update and Stardust@home

Emily Lakdawalla • May 01, 2006

I just wanted to point out a couple of new items on the website.

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