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Emily Lakdawalla's blogs from 2008

A Moon Among Stars

Emily Lakdawalla • December 31, 2008

A very pretty picture of a moon among stars. Happy 2009, everyone!

The Year in Pictures: 2008

Emily Lakdawalla • December 31, 2008

The Year in Pictures: 2008

I spotted Mercury last night!

Emily Lakdawalla • December 30, 2008

I spotted Mercury last night!

Another longevity milestone for Spirit and Opportunity

Emily Lakdawalla • December 29, 2008

We're getting close to the fifth anniversary of the landings of Spirit and Opportunity, but was we approach that milestone, we're passing another. I've been told that as of yesterday, Spirit and Opportunity have operated on Mars for a combined length of time that is longer than the combined number of sols that the twin Viking landers operated.

ANSMET Blogs: Finally in the field and bagging lots of meteorites

Emily Lakdawalla • December 29, 2008

ANSMET Blogs: Finally in the field and bagging lots of meteorites

From the "playing with particle accelerators" department

Emily Lakdawalla • December 29, 2008

From the "playing with particle accelerators" department

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is a BIG step closer to launch

Emily Lakdawalla • December 26, 2008

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is a BIG step closer to launch

Odds and Ends: Outer solar system not as crowded as the inner

Emily Lakdawalla • December 26, 2008

Odds and Ends: Outer solar system not as crowded as the inner

A correction to the recent Nature story about Phoenix

Emily Lakdawalla • December 24, 2008

A correction to the recent Nature story about Phoenix

Relive -- or see for the first time -- Apollo 8's Christmas Eve broadcast

Emily Lakdawalla • December 23, 2008

Relive -- or see for the first time -- Apollo 8's Christmas Eve broadcast

Wrapping up items from AGU

Emily Lakdawalla • December 23, 2008

Wrapping up items from AGU

An update on the pledge drive

Emily Lakdawalla • December 23, 2008

An update on the pledge drive

Carnival of Space #84

Emily Lakdawalla • December 21, 2008

Carnival of Space #84

Some early Christmas presents at the PDS

Emily Lakdawalla • December 20, 2008

Some early Christmas presents at the PDS

AGU: Wrapping up my notes on Phoenix

Emily Lakdawalla • December 19, 2008

AGU: Wrapping up my notes on Phoenix

Jupiter and Ganymede from Hubble

Emily Lakdawalla • December 18, 2008

Jupiter and Ganymede from Hubble

Did you know that you can do more than just read?

Emily Lakdawalla • December 18, 2008

Did you know that you can do more than just read?

ANSMET Blogs: waiting around McMurdo; first 20 meterorites found

Emily Lakdawalla • December 17, 2008

ANSMET Blogs: waiting around McMurdo; first 20 meterorites found

AGU: Titan: Volcanically active world, or "Callisto with weather?"

Emily Lakdawalla • December 17, 2008

AGU: Titan: Volcanically active world, or "Callisto with weather?"

Steve Ostro

Emily Lakdawalla • December 16, 2008

Steve Ostro

AGU: An update on Kaguya

Emily Lakdawalla • December 16, 2008

AGU: An update on Kaguya

AGU: Some first impressions from today's Phoenix sessions

Emily Lakdawalla • December 15, 2008

AGU: Some first impressions from today's Phoenix sessions

Ganesa Macula isn't a dome

Emily Lakdawalla • December 15, 2008

Ganesa Macula isn't a dome

I need help at AGU

Emily Lakdawalla • December 12, 2008

This is a call to anyone else who's planning to attend the American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting, which will take place all next week in San Francisco.

Blogs from the 2008-2009 Antarctic Search for Meteorites expedition

Emily Lakdawalla • December 12, 2008

Blogs from the 2008-2009 Antarctic Search for Meteorites expedition

Some interesting information in a Nature story about Phoenix

Emily Lakdawalla • December 11, 2008

Some interesting information in a Nature story about Phoenix

Mimas, Prometheus, and the rings

Emily Lakdawalla • December 10, 2008

Mimas, Prometheus, and the rings

Ice in glaciers on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • December 09, 2008

Ice in glaciers on Mars

What's up in the solar system for the week of December 8: Getting ready for AGU

Emily Lakdawalla • December 08, 2008

What's up in the solar system for the week of December 8: Getting ready for AGU

MESSENGER steers for next September's Mercury flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • December 05, 2008

MESSENGER steers for next September's Mercury flyby

Let's go to Mars together

Emily Lakdawalla • December 04, 2008

Let's go to Mars together

Hubble servicing mission now scheduled for May 12, 2009

Emily Lakdawalla • December 04, 2008

Hubble servicing mission now scheduled for May 12, 2009

More details on the delay of Mars Science Laboratory

Emily Lakdawalla • December 04, 2008

More details on the delay of Mars Science Laboratory

Mars Science Laboratory is delayed two years

Emily Lakdawalla • December 04, 2008

Mars Science Laboratory is delayed two years

Mmmmm....Space Beer

Emily Lakdawalla • December 03, 2008

Mmmmm....Space Beer

No one is listening for Phoenix anymore

Emily Lakdawalla • December 02, 2008

No one is listening for Phoenix anymore

Tracking spacecraft from Earth

Emily Lakdawalla • December 02, 2008

Tracking spacecraft from Earth

Attention: South American and southern African observers needed for observations of a stellar occultation by Varuna

Emily Lakdawalla • November 30, 2008

Attention: South American and southern African observers needed for observations of a stellar occultation by Varuna

Bulgaria in Space

Emily Lakdawalla • November 29, 2008

Bulgaria in Space

Carnival of Space #81

Emily Lakdawalla • November 29, 2008

Carnival of Space #81

More science data from Chandrayaan-1, and some thermal issues on the spacecraft

Emily Lakdawalla • November 27, 2008

More science data from Chandrayaan-1, and some thermal issues on the spacecraft

What are those bright things in the sky right now?

Emily Lakdawalla • November 25, 2008

What are those bright things in the sky right now?

Carnival of Space #80

Emily Lakdawalla • November 25, 2008

Carnival of Space #80

Enjoy your 10 minutes of fame by contributing to 365 Days of Astronomy

Emily Lakdawalla • November 24, 2008

Enjoy your 10 minutes of fame by contributing to 365 Days of Astronomy

Solar conjunction: Holidays for Mars missions, and an Opportunity update

Emily Lakdawalla • November 21, 2008

The period of Mars solar conjunction has just begun, which means that a host of scientists and engineers whose day jobs entail interaction with the five active Mars spacecraft are getting a five-week break from the daily grind of operations.

Random items

Emily Lakdawalla • November 20, 2008

Random items

A correction on the number of Chandrayaan-1 probe pictures

Emily Lakdawalla • November 19, 2008

A correction on the number of Chandrayaan-1 probe pictures

Name the rover!

Emily Lakdawalla • November 18, 2008

Name the rover!

Kaguya now in its extended mission

Emily Lakdawalla • November 18, 2008

Kaguya now in its extended mission

Chandrayaan-1 Terrain Mapping Camera images and movie from science orbit

Emily Lakdawalla • November 17, 2008

Chandrayaan-1 Terrain Mapping Camera images and movie from science orbit

Pictures from the Chandrayaan-1 Moon Impact Probe

Emily Lakdawalla • November 15, 2008

Pictures from the Chandrayaan-1 Moon Impact Probe

Press conference on the Roadmap to Space

Emily Lakdawalla • November 14, 2008

Press conference on the Roadmap to Space

Chandrayaan-1 probe impact successful

Emily Lakdawalla • November 14, 2008

Chandrayaan-1 probe impact successful

Spirit's still there

Emily Lakdawalla • November 13, 2008

I am greatly relieved to report that Spirit did talk to Earth as ordered today, indicating that the rover's power situation did not get so bad that a "low power fault" was triggered. The rover's still following instructions, and is still with us, though the power situation is still critical.

Actual images of planets around other stars

Emily Lakdawalla • November 13, 2008

Actual images of planets around other stars

Piecing together MSL

Emily Lakdawalla • November 13, 2008

Piecing together MSL

A Roadmap to Space

Emily Lakdawalla • November 13, 2008

A Roadmap to Space

The end of Phoenix

Emily Lakdawalla • November 11, 2008

The end of Phoenix

Chandrayaan-1's first picture of the Moon

Emily Lakdawalla • November 11, 2008

Chandrayaan-1's first picture of the Moon

High dust levels are making life tough for Spirit

Emily Lakdawalla • November 11, 2008

There was a worrying update posted on the JPL website for Spirit today: an early-season dust storm has darkened its skies enough that its solar panels produced only 89 watt-hours of power yesterday, sol 1,725. Neither rover has ever, ever seen power production levels that low, not even during last year's massive dust storm.

What's up in the solar system for the week of November 10

Emily Lakdawalla • November 10, 2008

What's up in the solar system for the week of November 10

Phoenix falls silent

Emily Lakdawalla • November 10, 2008

Phoenix falls silent

India has reached the Moon!

Emily Lakdawalla • November 08, 2008

India has reached the Moon!

A launch to Neptune in 2019?

Emily Lakdawalla • November 07, 2008

A launch to Neptune in 2019?

Carnival of space #78

Emily Lakdawalla • November 07, 2008

Carnival of space #78

Enceladus!

Emily Lakdawalla • November 06, 2008

Enceladus!

Our members are flying on Glory

Emily Lakdawalla • November 05, 2008

Our members are flying on Glory

Chandrayaan-1 to enter lunar orbit on November 8

Emily Lakdawalla • November 05, 2008

Chandrayaan-1 to enter lunar orbit on November 8

Phoenix update: Not dead yet; still in "Lazarus mode;" one attempt at microphone use did not work

Emily Lakdawalla • November 04, 2008

Phoenix update: Not dead yet; still in "Lazarus mode;" one attempt at microphone use did not work

More on "backwards" space images

Emily Lakdawalla • November 03, 2008

More on "backwards" space images

Carnival of Space #76

Emily Lakdawalla • November 03, 2008

Carnival of Space #76

On its way to the Moon, Chandrayaan-1 photographs Earth, but flips the photo

Emily Lakdawalla • November 01, 2008

On its way to the Moon, Chandrayaan-1 photographs Earth, but flips the photo

A brief Phoenix update

Emily Lakdawalla • October 31, 2008

A brief Phoenix update

Opportunity and Spirit updates: Both are now driving

Emily Lakdawalla • October 31, 2008

Another day, another drive: on sols 1,693 and 1,695 the Opportunity rover conducted two more lengthy drives to the south, totaling almost 200 meters. On the other side of the planet, Spirit is FINALLY in motion again.

Early science results from MESSENGER's second Mercury flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • October 30, 2008

Early science results from MESSENGER's second Mercury flyby

MESSENGER's Second Mercury Flyby: Ancient Geology, Active Atmosphere

Emily Lakdawalla • October 30, 2008

When MESSENGER flew past Mercury for a second time on October 6, 2008, its cameras snapped photos of an impressive 30 percent of the planet's surface that had never previously been seen by spacecraft.

Phoenix update: Entry into and exit from safe mode, no science for a few days' recharging

Emily Lakdawalla • October 29, 2008

Phoenix update: Entry into and exit from safe mode, no science for a few days' recharging

Chandrayaan-1 update: Still in Earth orbit, closer to the Moon

Emily Lakdawalla • October 29, 2008

Chandrayaan-1 update: Still in Earth orbit, closer to the Moon

Schedule notes for tomorrow: Constellation and MESSENGER

Emily Lakdawalla • October 28, 2008

Schedule notes for tomorrow: Constellation and MESSENGER

The beginning of the end for Phoenix: No more robotic arm operations

Emily Lakdawalla • October 28, 2008

The beginning of the end for Phoenix: No more robotic arm operations

Opportunity is really hitting the highway

Emily Lakdawalla • October 28, 2008

Victoria crater, the site of a Mars year's worth of study, is now far over the horizon, as Opportunity has lately completed a series of very long drives. Opportunity is once again sailing the sand seas of Meridiani Planum.

One Hubble camera ready for business

Emily Lakdawalla • October 27, 2008

One Hubble camera ready for business

Why is only half of Mars magnetized?

Emily Lakdawalla • October 24, 2008

An article in the September 26 issue of Science neatly explains why only the southern half of Mars is strongly magnetized.

Chandrayaan-1 raises its orbit

Emily Lakdawalla • October 23, 2008

Chandrayaan-1 raises its orbit

Mimas, Prometheus, and rings in motion

Emily Lakdawalla • October 22, 2008

Mimas, Prometheus, and rings in motion

Chandrayaan-1 launch was nominal

Emily Lakdawalla • October 21, 2008

Chandrayaan-1 launch was nominal

LIFTOFF of Chandrayaan-1! India is on its way to the Moon!

Emily Lakdawalla • October 21, 2008

LIFTOFF of Chandrayaan-1! India is on its way to the Moon!

Chandrayaan-1 live broadcast is underway

Emily Lakdawalla • October 21, 2008

Chandrayaan-1 live broadcast is underway

Watch the Chandrayaan-1 launch live on the Internet!

Emily Lakdawalla • October 20, 2008

Watch the Chandrayaan-1 launch live on the Internet!

Carnival of Space #75

Emily Lakdawalla • October 20, 2008

Carnival of Space #75

Hubble update: Not returning to normal today after all

Emily Lakdawalla • October 17, 2008

Hubble update: Not returning to normal today after all

New images from MESSENGER's Mercury flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • October 17, 2008

New images from MESSENGER's Mercury flyby

Getting close to the launch of Chandrayaan-1!

Emily Lakdawalla • October 17, 2008

Getting close to the launch of Chandrayaan-1!

Hubble to resume normal science operations Friday morning

Emily Lakdawalla • October 16, 2008

Hubble to resume normal science operations Friday morning

A shift in orbit for Mars Odyssey

Emily Lakdawalla • October 16, 2008

Last week, the Mars Odyssey team announced that their mission is being extended another two years. This mission extension will be slightly different from previous mission phases due to a planned change in the spacecraft's orbit.

Phobos: New gravity data and an update on the Phobos-Grunt landing site

Emily Lakdawalla • October 16, 2008

Phobos: New gravity data and an update on the Phobos-Grunt landing site

DPS meeting: Sunday: Lakes on Titan

Emily Lakdawalla • October 15, 2008

This time around DPS features three separate oral sessions on Titan, indicating just how much attention that moon is getting from the scientific community right now. From the first session, on Titan's lower atmosphere, I'm just covering the two talks on Titan's lakes.

DPS meeting: Sunday: Some respect for Pallas

Emily Lakdawalla • October 15, 2008

DPS meeting: Sunday: Some respect for Pallas

DPS meeting: Sunday: Three tiny moons of Saturn orbit within rings

Emily Lakdawalla • October 15, 2008

DPS meeting: Sunday: Three tiny moons of Saturn orbit within rings

DPS meeting: Saturday: Enceladus -- it's cooler than we thought

Emily Lakdawalla • October 14, 2008

DPS meeting: Saturday: Enceladus -- it's cooler than we thought

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