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Watching the slow shift of seasons on Titan

Emily Lakdawalla • November 06, 2012 • 1

A sharp-eyed amateur noticed two images of Titan taken 20 months apart from nearly exactly the same perspective, and they illustrate how the shifting of Saturn's seasons has brought change to Titan's atmosphere.

Soliciting input for an idea on slides

Emily Lakdawalla • November 05, 2012 • 19

I'm directing a question at professional and amateur space scientists and educators: could I make slide sets that would help you educate the public about what's going on in planetary exploration?

Making an ugly rock beautiful

Emily Lakdawalla • November 02, 2012 • 1

Today I stumbled upon the Lunar and Planetary Institute's Lunar Sample Atlas, and was reminded of how much I love petrographic thin sections. They can make unassuming, cruddy looking rocks beautiful.

Huge self-portrait of Curiosity on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • November 01, 2012 • 9

Curiosity used MAHLI, the scientific camera at the end of the robotic arm, to shoot a huge color portrait of herself sitting on Mars, with Gale's central mountain in the background.

Volunteer Open House 2012

Casey Dreier • November 01, 2012

A great crowd came by our headquarters to learn more about volunteering in the service of planetary exploration.

Getting up to speed with Curiosity as of sol 84, and two awesome mosaics

Emily Lakdawalla • October 31, 2012 • 6

Curiosity has already spent more than three weeks at Rocknest, working through the very slow process of commissioning the sample handling systems. While parked, she's taken a couple of amazing photo mosaics.

Dawn Journal: Scary-Good Ion Propulsion

Marc Rayman • October 31, 2012

Dawn continues to raise its orbit en route to its 2015 date with Ceres. Also, Marc prepares his high-energy Halloween costume.

PlanetVac: Sucking Up Planetary Regolith

Bruce Betts • October 30, 2012 • 3

Learn about the Planetary Society’s newest project: PlanetVac, with Honeybee Robotics, aims to prototype and test in a huge vacuum chamber a new way to sample planetary surfaces that could be used for sample return or for in situ instruments.

Reviews of space-themed story books for children

Emily Lakdawalla • October 29, 2012

In an annual tradition, I review eight children's story books with planetary and astronomy themes. Favorites include Pieces of Another World by Mara Rockliff and Solar System Forecast by Kelly Kizer Whitt.

Hurricane Sandy: Thanks for lives saved already

Emily Lakdawalla • October 29, 2012

Today hurricane Sandy is a major threat to life and property across the west coast of the northern Atlantic ocean. I just want to give thanks in advance to all the people who have devoted their careers to making sure that Americans have sufficient warning of devastating, unstoppable weather events like this one.

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