Emily Lakdawalla's blogs from 2007
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/12/31 03:13 CST
Deep Impact snatches science data from Earth-Moon flyby
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/12/21 12:52 CST
NASA announces delay of Mars Scout launch until 2013
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/12/14 05:35 CST
Dust from the sky has settled on both the rover deck and the surrounding landscape. The dust-covered solar cells will not be able to generate as much power as when they were clean. Unless a puff of wind dusts off the solar panels, Spirit may have difficulty surviving the approaching Martian winter.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/12/07 01:51 CST
It's the first day of spring on the northern hemisphere of Uranus
No, the Chang'e image isn't fake! -- but there's no new feature in it, either
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/11/27 04:21 CST
The Deep Impact extended mission is going to take a little longer
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/11/26 04:38 CST
JAXA has released a 30-minute video of the Hayabusa mission, "Return of the Falcon," combining computer animation with actual footage of the construction and launch as well as images from the spacecraft of Itokawa.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/11/15 11:05 CST
A couple of days ago Malin Space Science Systems (MSSS) issued a news notice that explains some of the horse-trading that went on behind the scenes to rescue MARDI, the descent imaging camera that they are building for the Mars Science Laboratory rover.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/11/14 10:33 CST
Rosetta's Earth flyby successful; and they got pictures too!
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/11/09 04:48 CST
Planetary Society statement on MARDI and ChemCam restoration
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/11/08 03:51 CST
Bruce Betts reports from the Phobos and Deimos conference
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/10/29 02:19 CDT
After three days of presentations, voting, and extended discussions, the "Mars community," as represented by something over 100 scientists who decided to attend the second Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) landing site selection meeting in a process that was open to all, have narrowed down to six the number of potential MSL landing sites.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/10/25 04:28 CDT
Unlike the Mars Exploration Rover mission, which featured two golf-cart-sized landers, this time we have only one giant, Volkswagen beetle-size. So at the end of this process we have to pick our favorite place on Mars, not our favorite two places.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/10/24 04:23 CDT
Flash back to DPS: Extrasolar planets, NEOs, asteroids, Titan, Pluto, and KBOs
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/10/23 12:12 CDT
Reporting from the second Mars Science Laboratory landing site selection meeting
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/10/18 04:22 CDT
MESSENGER is on target for its January Mercury flyby
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/10/18 04:07 CDT
The Mars Exploration Rovers have left wheel tracks all over their landing sites, but for some reason this pair of wheel tracks, left in the sand ripple on the rim of Victoria crater and now viewed from below, tickled my fancy. Thanks to James Canvin for the lovely panorama.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/10/11 12:32 CDT
Lakes have been spotted near the south pole of Titan before, in this image by the ISS team, which was considered compelling but not conclusive at the time.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/10/10 04:43 CDT
DPS: The Yarkovsky, O'Keefe, Radzievskii, and Paddack (YORP) effect
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/10/09 08:59 CDT
Kaguya: First of two mini-satellites successfully deployed
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/10/05 01:28 CDT
39th annual meeting of the Division of Planetary Sciences is next week
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/10/04 11:00 CDT
Your voices counted: budget amendment passed today
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Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/10/01 10:45 CDT
A few random news items from last week: SOHO spots a return visitor; Astronauts on asteroids; MESSENGER update; Dawn tests
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