by Emily Lakdawalla
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• May 26, 2006
With the Aurora program under way, the next European mission to Mars will be a rover named ExoMars, to be launched in 2011.
• May 24, 2006
This item is a little bit old -- I missed it when it was announced last Monday. ESA issued a press release stating that "European ministers approve the Aurora Exploration Programme and give green light for the ExoMars mission."
• May 23, 2006
OK, I finally got a story written about the latest and greatest of the Cassini RADAR data based upon a conversation I had with with Ralph Lorenz late last week.
• May 19, 2006
Since the last Titan flyby on April 30, the Cassini RADAR team has been releasing quite a large number of pieces of the swath to the Web.
• May 10, 2006
Last week's Cassini Significant Events Report included a detailed play-by-play of the frightening morning of Mayday. I thought it was a very interesting read on how a mission deals with an "anomaly."
• May 07, 2006
After the political discussions of the morning, Mike Brown stood up to give the "highly subjective view of one ground-based astronomer," he said.
During the first day of OPAG, the chair of the group, Fran Bagenal, was not present because she was participating in some rather important discussions taking place in Maryland.
• May 06, 2006
Following the mission- and science-focused presentations of the morning, there came two rather alarming presentations.
Heidi Hammel gave a brief but spirited presentation designed to wake up the audience to the fact that Uranus is fast approaching its equinox, an event that will happen on December 7, 2007.
The next presentation at OPAG was given by Ralph Lorenz and Tom Spilker on a Titan Montgolfiere Mission Study. What's a Montgolfiere, you ask?
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