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OPAG, Day 1: Cassini and Juno status

Emily Lakdawalla • May 05, 2006

The Outer Planets Assessment Group opened with the status of two of the three actual outer planets missions, Cassini and Juno.

OPAG: Looking back

Emily Lakdawalla • May 05, 2006

The two-day meeting of the Outer Planets Assessment Group is over and I have 30-odd pages of notes to wrestle with.

OPAG: A brief update

Emily Lakdawalla • May 04, 2006

It's already 9:00 and I've hardly begun assimilating my 16 pages of notes, so I am going to have to just post a short summary with some highlights from today's meeting of the Outer Planets Assessment Group, or OPAG.

Too much outer planets news for me to read (much less report on)

Emily Lakdawalla • May 04, 2006

Before I get to my notes from OPAG I want to minimally acknowledge today's news, which I'll have to get to in more detail later.

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.

How much data has Cassini returned to Earth?

Emily Lakdawalla • April 28, 2006

Since January 1, 2004—the beginning of the Saturn phase of the mission—Cassini has radioed almost 139 Gigabytes of science data to Earth.

The Planetary Society Optical SETI Telescope Opens

Bruce Betts • April 28, 2006

On April 11, 2006, a new era dawned in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) with the dedication and beginning of operations of The Planetary Society Optical SETI Telescope in Harvard, Massachusetts. It is the first devoted optical SETI telescope in the world. The telescope was constructed by Paul Horowitz and his group at Harvard University using funding from Planetary Society members.

Get used to this view

Emily Lakdawalla • April 19, 2006

Get used to this view of Home Plate and Husband Hill, because Spirit will be seeing a lot of it over the next 8 months, whenever power levels permit the rover to eke a little bit of science activity out of the day.

New Horizons passes farther from the Sun than Mars today!

Emily Lakdawalla • April 06, 2006

Today is the day that New Horizons passes Mars' orbit (not that Mars is anywhere close to New Horizons right now).

Updated Cassini tour table

Emily Lakdawalla • March 30, 2006

Cassini planner Dave Seal gave me a newly updated list of times and dates for Cassini's ongoing tour of the Saturn system, so I went through and compared my table to his and made updates to flyby distances.

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