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Mars Exploration Rover Update: Spirit Silent Still, Opportunity Savors Santa Maria, We Flashback on 2010

A.J.S. Rayl • December 31, 2010

The Mars Exploration Rovers are wrapping up another year of exploring their seventh -- having experienced both the best of times and the worst of times: Spirit continued a 10-month struggle to endure its coldest, harshest Martian winter yet; Opportunity set a new record for driving despite an arthritic front wheel and a broken shoulder, putting more miles on her rocker bogie in 2010 than in any other single year.

Door 31 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 31, 2010

Time to open the thirty-first (and next-to-last) door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system are these dark-rimmed craters?

Bye bye, Kodachrome, but "Kodak moments" will live on in space

Emily Lakdawalla • December 31, 2010

This week is the end for Kodachrome film. It's a casualty of the digital revolution.

Door 30 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 30, 2010

Time to open the thirtieth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this ridged crater?

The Year in Pictures: 2010

Emily Lakdawalla • December 30, 2010

I've just posted my annual roundup of significant images from planetary exploration in 2010.

What's up in the solar system in January 2011 - and the rest of the year in preview

Emily Lakdawalla • December 30, 2010

Ready for the New Year? It's going to be an exciting one.

Door 29 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 29, 2010

Time to open the twenty-ninth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this fractured flowing ice?

A unique look inside the SOFIA telescope and other cool stuff

Emily Lakdawalla • December 29, 2010

Did you know that before Bill Nye was the Planetary Guy or even the Science Guy he was an aerospace engineer, designing components for the Boeing 747?

SOHO's 2000th comet

Emily Lakdawalla • December 29, 2010

SOHO was launched more than 15 years ago to study the Sun, primarily; but a side benefit of its constant observation of the Sun has been its ability to notice "sungrazers," comets that are on deadly close approaches to our star.

Door 28 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 28, 2010

Time to open the twenty-eighth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this cratered and streaked surface?

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