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Emily Lakdawalla's blogs from 2007

Who's got the biggest panels?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/28 05:45 CDT

Who's got the biggest panels?

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Dawn launch: Solar arrays deployed

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/27 06:15 CDT

Dawn launch: Solar arrays deployed

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One more cool Dawn launch photo

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/27 02:41 CDT

One more cool Dawn launch photo

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Successful launch for Dawn!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/27 08:59 CDT

Successful launch for Dawn!

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Good luck, Dawn!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/27 12:11 CDT

Good luck, Dawn!

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Dawn launch: T minus 1 day: Up close at the Delta II launch pad

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/27 12:05 CDT

Dawn launch: T minus 1 day: Up close at the Delta II launch pad

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Dawn launch: Go Dawn, go Delta!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/26 11:41 CDT

Dawn launch: Go Dawn, go Delta!

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Dawn launch: One-on-one with Marc Rayman at Kennedy Space Center

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/26 03:37 CDT

Dawn launch: One-on-one with Marc Rayman at Kennedy Space Center

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New Horizons now aimed directly at Pluto

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/25 08:08 CDT

New Horizons now aimed directly at Pluto

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Observing Dawn from Hawaii and Alaska

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/25 12:40 CDT

Observing Dawn from Hawaii and Alaska

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Update on Cassini's safing situation

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/24 06:43 CDT

Update on Cassini's safing situation

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New stuff on the website

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/24 02:39 CDT

New stuff on the website

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Dawn launch: Delayed to September 27

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/24 11:47 CDT

Dawn launch: Delayed to September 27

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Dawn launch: Go for fueling!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/22 05:49 CDT

Dawn launch: Go for fueling!

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New names for some irregular Saturnian moons

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/20 11:28 CDT

New names for some irregular Saturnian moons

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Iapetus' "Voyager Mountains"

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/20 01:31 CDT

Iapetus' "Voyager Mountains"

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Fire fountain amid heavenly fires

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/20 10:56 CDT

Fire fountain amid heavenly fires

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Silly but fun Apollo 11 video

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/18 10:58 CDT

Silly but fun Apollo 11 video

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Budget Axe Falls on Mars Science Laboratory

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/18 07:52 CDT

Budget Axe Falls on Mars Science Laboratory

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Seeing in the Dark

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/17 04:50 CDT

Seeing in the Dark

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Kaguya self-portraits

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/17 11:20 CDT

Kaguya self-portraits

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Kaguya launch wrapup

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/14 04:28 CDT

Kaguya launch wrapup

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Kaguya continues to operate well

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/14 09:00 CDT

Kaguya continues to operate well

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Everything continues to look good for Kaguya!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/13 09:13 CDT

Everything continues to look good for Kaguya!

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KAGUYA HAS LAUNCHED!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/13 08:31 CDT

KAGUYA HAS LAUNCHED!

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Kaguya launch update: Watching the launch

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/13 08:26 CDT

Kaguya launch update: Watching the launch

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Kaguya launch update: just about to go!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/13 08:21 CDT

Kaguya launch update: just about to go!

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Opportunity takes first gingerly steps into Victoria Crater

Posted by Doug Ellison on 2007/09/13 05:11 CDT

Mars Exploration Rover scientists, engineers and enthusiasts have been playing the waiting game for 10 weeks, watching the much-reported dust storm subside so that Opportunity could get back to doing what it does best - exploring craters.

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Kaguya launch update: Fuel loading complete

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/13 03:33 CDT

Kaguya launch update: Fuel loading complete

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Enormous Iapetus mosaic

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/13 03:23 CDT

Enormous Iapetus mosaic

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Kaguya launches in less than 8 hours!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/13 12:27 CDT

Kaguya launches in less than 8 hours!

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Carnival of Space #20

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/13 12:18 CDT

Carnival of Space #20

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Video greeting from Sir Arthur C. Clarke

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/12 09:56 CDT

Video greeting from Sir Arthur C. Clarke

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More Blogs: Kaguya's launch, and Stars Above

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/12 11:19 CDT

More Blogs: Kaguya's launch, and Stars Above

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Flying over the ridge

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/12 12:34 CDT

Flying over the ridge

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Iapetus closest approach images are online!!!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/12 12:13 CDT

Iapetus closest approach images are online!!!

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Cassini went into safe mode, but everything is OK

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/11 05:32 CDT

Cassini went into safe mode, but everything is OK

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Kaguya launch postponed one day due to weather

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/11 10:08 CDT

Kaguya launch postponed one day due to weather

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Iapetus, saturated with craters

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/11 12:31 CDT

Iapetus, saturated with craters

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The view from Iapetus

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/10 06:22 CDT

The view from Iapetus

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Cassini: highest-resolution-ever images of Iapetus

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/10 01:39 CDT

Cassini: highest-resolution-ever images of Iapetus

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Cassini's doing Iapetus encounter science now

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/09 05:18 CDT

Cassini's doing Iapetus encounter science now

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Phoenix returns its first photo

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/07 10:21 CDT

Phoenix returns its first photo

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Skies slowly lightening for Spirit and Opportunity

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/07 05:27 CDT

I just received another batch of "tau" images from rover camera lead Jim Bell to add to my visualizations of the rovers' dark skies. These pictures provide a direct measurement of the opacity of the atmosphere between the rovers and the Sun.

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Carnival of Space #19

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/07 12:17 CDT

Carnival of Space #19

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Cassini Zeroes in on Saturn's Yin-Yang Moon Iapetus

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/06 05:47 CDT

Cassini Zeroes in on Saturn's Yin-Yang Moon Iapetus

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Another approaching view of Iapetus

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/06 12:08 CDT

Another approaching view of Iapetus

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Cassini's approaching view of Iapetus

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/05 05:57 CDT

Cassini's approaching view of Iapetus

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Putting the Rhea puzzle together

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/09/04 06:34 CDT

Putting the Rhea puzzle together

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Cassini's next stop: Iapetus

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/31 12:46 CDT

Cassini's next stop: Iapetus

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The cave entrance on Arsia Mons really is a pit

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/30 12:38 CDT

The cave entrance on Arsia Mons really is a pit

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Dust storm update: A rover's-eye-view

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/29 05:06 CDT

I haven't written an update on the dust storm at Mars recently for two reasons. For one, the rovers are out of immediate danger, so it wasn't as urgent. The other reason is that Jim Bell wanted Cornell to issue a press release with updated versions of the images and animations I've been putting together from the rovers' "tau" images.

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Poised on the threshold of Victoria Crater

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/29 01:26 CDT

Although Mars' atmosphere continues to be rather dusty, the storm has abated enough that both Mars Exploration Rovers have resumed a relatively normal level of activity. For Opportunity, that means a drive to the very edge of Victoria crater.

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Titan: brown and blue

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/28 11:24 CDT

Titan: brown and blue

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Two sky events Aug 27/28: One reason NOT to look up, and one reason to get up early

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/26 11:25 CDT

Two sky events Aug 27/28: One reason NOT to look up, and one reason to get up early

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Carnival of Space #17

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/23 11:41 CDT

Carnival of Space #17

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Hayabusa update: Now three of four engines are working!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/22 11:50 CDT

Hayabusa update: Now three of four engines are working!

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More Activity in NASA's Science Mission Directorate

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/21 01:47 CDT

More Activity in NASA's Science Mission Directorate

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Europlanet : Up high and down low using H2O

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/21 11:38 CDT

Europlanet : Up high and down low using H2O

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Doug Goes to Potsdam: The European Planetary Science Congress #2

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/19 04:33 CDT

Doug Goes to Potsdam: The European Planetary Science Congress #2

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Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Tuesday afternoon: Landscapes

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/17 05:50 CDT

Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Tuesday afternoon: Landscapes

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MESSENGER update

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/17 12:44 CDT

MESSENGER update

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Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Tuesday morning: Goo-ology

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/16 06:51 CDT

Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Tuesday morning: Goo-ology

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Earthquakes, earthquakes

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/16 03:13 CDT

Earthquakes, earthquakes

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Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Tuesday morning: Spectroscopy

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/16 01:30 CDT

Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Tuesday morning: Spectroscopy

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Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Conference overload

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/16 11:40 CDT

Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Conference overload

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Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Monday afternoon: Posters

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/15 11:20 CDT

Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Monday afternoon: Posters

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Uranus ring plane crossing tomorrow!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/15 10:58 CDT

Uranus ring plane crossing tomorrow!

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Kaguya repairs complete

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/15 10:22 CDT

Kaguya repairs complete

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Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Monday afternoon: New Horizons at Jupiter

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/14 11:34 CDT

Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Monday afternoon: New Horizons at Jupiter

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Stars Above, Earth Below: Go to the Mountains

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/14 10:30 CDT

Stars Above, Earth Below: Go to the Mountains

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Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Monday afternoon: Terrestrial analogs-ish

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/13 09:56 CDT

Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Monday afternoon: Terrestrial analogs-ish

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Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Monday morning: The history and interiors of icy moons

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/13 05:31 CDT

Ices, Oceans, and Fire: Monday morning: The history and interiors of icy moons

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Reporting from the Workshop on Ices, Oceans, and Fire

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/13 10:38 CDT

Reporting from the Workshop on Ices, Oceans, and Fire

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Check out the Perseids this weekend!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/10 06:42 CDT

Check out the Perseids this weekend!

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Some cool Cassini images

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/10 06:11 CDT

Some cool Cassini images

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Phoenix and New Horizons updates

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/10 06:01 CDT

Phoenix and New Horizons updates

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New style in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/09 11:28 CDT

New style in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA

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A little good news on the rovers

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/08 10:56 CDT

The skies aren't quite as dark as they have been, for both Spirit and Opportunity. In fact, Spirit has enough power now to be doing a little work with its robotic arm.

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Phoenix wrapup

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/04 10:35 CDT

Phoenix wrapup

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Phoenix is now on its way to Mars!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/04 05:44 CDT

Phoenix is now on its way to Mars!

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Second stage burn complete

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/04 05:41 CDT

Second stage burn complete

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And now, we wait

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/04 04:38 CDT

And now, we wait

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Second stage ignition!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/04 04:32 CDT

Second stage ignition!

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There she goes!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/04 04:26 CDT

There she goes!

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T minus 4 and counting!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/04 04:23 CDT

T minus 4 and counting!

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Phoenix: Launch minus 12 minutes and weather is "go"

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/04 04:14 CDT

Phoenix: Launch minus 12 minutes and weather is "go"

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Getting ready for Phoenix launch: Step 1: Sleep

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/03 11:20 CDT

Getting ready for Phoenix launch: Step 1: Sleep

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Hubble views of Mars' dust storm

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/03 05:54 CDT

Hubble views of Mars' dust storm

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Go, go Phoenix! 18 hours until launch...

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/03 09:55 CDT

Go, go Phoenix! 18 hours until launch...

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Carnival of Space #14, and a rover update

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/02 12:36 CDT

Carnival of Space #14, and a rover update

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Phoenix' second stage has been fueled

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/01 12:00 CDT

Phoenix' second stage has been fueled

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"Concern Increasing" for Opportunity

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/08/01 08:46 CDT

Yesterday evening the Mars Exploration Rover mission posted an update that states "increasing concern" for the continued health of Opportunity.

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Phoenix launch postponed one day

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/07/31 10:22 CDT

Phoenix launch postponed one day

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High tau for Spirit and Opportunity

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/07/30 12:26 CDT

Over the weekend I fiddled with the "tau" images that Mars Exploration Rover Pancam lead Jim Bell gave me, and I produced a couple of different ways to visualize the darkness of the rovers' skies.

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Where are you reading from?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/07/30 12:26 CDT

Where are you reading from?

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New launch date for Kaguya: September 13

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/07/29 11:15 CDT

New launch date for Kaguya: September 13

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Dust storm update: rovers still OK

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/07/27 06:37 CDT

Dust storm update: rovers still OK

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Stars Above, Earth Below: Appreciating Dark Skies

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/07/27 12:47 CDT

Stars Above, Earth Below: Appreciating Dark Skies

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A horrible day in space

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/07/27 11:51 CDT

A horrible day in space

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