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Emily Lakdawalla's blogs from 2008

Phoenix "battens down the hatches" for its first dust storm

Emily Lakdawalla • October 13, 2008

Phoenix "battens down the hatches" for its first dust storm

DPS meeting: Saturday: Studying extrasolar planets with planetary spacecraft

Emily Lakdawalla • October 13, 2008

DPS meeting: Saturday: Studying extrasolar planets with planetary spacecraft

Following the Division of Planetary Sciences Meeting from home

Emily Lakdawalla • October 13, 2008

Following the Division of Planetary Sciences Meeting from home

MSL is still on target for a 2009 launch, no matter what anybody says

Emily Lakdawalla • October 10, 2008

MSL is still on target for a 2009 launch, no matter what anybody says

Carnival of Space #74

Emily Lakdawalla • October 10, 2008

Carnival of Space #74

Images of the 2008 TC3 fireball from space!

Emily Lakdawalla • October 10, 2008

Images of the 2008 TC3 fireball from space!

Catching up with Phoenix to sol 133: Digging at La Mancha, grabbing Galloping Hessians from Pet Donkey

Emily Lakdawalla • October 09, 2008

Catching up with Phoenix to sol 133: Digging at La Mancha, grabbing Galloping Hessians from Pet Donkey

Cassini flies within 25 kilometers of Enceladus tomorrow

Emily Lakdawalla • October 08, 2008

Cassini flies within 25 kilometers of Enceladus tomorrow

The full story of Earth-impacting asteroid 2008 TC3

Emily Lakdawalla • October 07, 2008

The full story of Earth-impacting asteroid 2008 TC3

Chandrayaan-1 update: Spacecraft delivered to Sriharikota, launch date October 22

Emily Lakdawalla • October 07, 2008

Chandrayaan-1 update: Spacecraft delivered to Sriharikota, launch date October 22

First images from MESSENGER's second flyby of Mercury

Emily Lakdawalla • October 07, 2008

First images from MESSENGER's second flyby of Mercury

No pics of the 2008 TC3 fireball have shown up on the Web yet...

Emily Lakdawalla • October 06, 2008

No pics of the 2008 TC3 fireball have shown up on the Web yet...

Round-the-world observations refine asteroid 2008 TC3's path

Emily Lakdawalla • October 06, 2008

Round-the-world observations refine asteroid 2008 TC3's path

Movie, made with real photos, of asteroid 2008 TC3 on approach to Earth

Emily Lakdawalla • October 06, 2008

Movie, made with real photos, of asteroid 2008 TC3 on approach to Earth

Simulation of the final moments of 2008 TC3

Emily Lakdawalla • October 06, 2008

Simulation of the final moments of 2008 TC3

A three-meter-diameter piece of the sky is falling

Emily Lakdawalla • October 06, 2008

A three-meter-diameter piece of the sky is falling

MESSENGER flyby: Radio signals indicate all went well

Emily Lakdawalla • October 06, 2008

MESSENGER flyby: Radio signals indicate all went well

MESSENGER gets closer to Mercury

Emily Lakdawalla • October 05, 2008

MESSENGER gets closer to Mercury

MESSENGER has Mercury in sight; more on MESSENGER's solar sailing

Emily Lakdawalla • October 03, 2008

MESSENGER has Mercury in sight; more on MESSENGER's solar sailing

"IT'S ALIVE!"

Emily Lakdawalla • October 03, 2008

That's the subject line of an email that Lou Friedman forwarded to me last week. He'd received it from Robert Farquhar, who has a long and distinguished career as flight director for numerous space missions. The "IT" in his email was ISEE-3/ICE.

Carnival of Space #73

Emily Lakdawalla • October 02, 2008

Carnival of Space #73

Long drives at last for Opportunity (or, getting your kicks on sol 1,666)

Emily Lakdawalla • October 02, 2008

It's been way, way, way too long since the view from either rover's cameras has changed very much. So I hope you'll join me in a shout of "woo hoo!" or perhaps "yippee!" as I show you the latest view from Opportunity, from sol 1,666, as automatically composed in Mike Howard's Midnight Mars Browser software.

Science Timeline for Monday's MESSENGER flyby of Mercury

Emily Lakdawalla • October 01, 2008

Science Timeline for Monday's MESSENGER flyby of Mercury

Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: Europlanet Wrap-up

Emily Lakdawalla • September 30, 2008

Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: Europlanet Wrap-up

Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: Kaguya update

Emily Lakdawalla • September 30, 2008

Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: Kaguya update

Third Time's No Charm: MESSENGER's Third Gravity Assist Successful, But "Safe Mode" Interrupts Science

Emily Lakdawalla • September 30, 2008

Yesterday, the MESSENGER spacecraft sailed past Mercury at an altitude of just 228 kilometres and a relative speed of 5.4 kilometers per second.

Phoenix Update, Sol 123: Press briefing with carbonates, clays, and snow!

Emily Lakdawalla • September 29, 2008

Phoenix Update, Sol 123: Press briefing with carbonates, clays, and snow!

Carnival of Space #72

Emily Lakdawalla • September 26, 2008

Carnival of Space #72

Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: Monitoring Venus with the VMC

Emily Lakdawalla • September 25, 2008

Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: Monitoring Venus with the VMC

Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: Small update for a small asteroid

Emily Lakdawalla • September 25, 2008

Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: Small update for a small asteroid

Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: To reach out, let people in

Emily Lakdawalla • September 24, 2008

Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: To reach out, let people in

An update on Ulysses: Recovery from sun sensor anomaly

Emily Lakdawalla • September 24, 2008

An update on Ulysses: Recovery from sun sensor anomaly

Some basic information on the upcoming Shenzhou 7 launch

Emily Lakdawalla • September 24, 2008

Some basic information on the upcoming Shenzhou 7 launch

Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: To be bold, be small (part 2)

Emily Lakdawalla • September 23, 2008

Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: To be bold, be small (part 2)

Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: To be bold, be small (part 1)

Emily Lakdawalla • September 23, 2008

Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: To be bold, be small (part 1)

Website problems

Emily Lakdawalla • September 23, 2008

Website problems

Ulysses is in peril

Emily Lakdawalla • September 22, 2008

Ulysses is in peril

What's up in the solar system for the week of September 22

Emily Lakdawalla • September 22, 2008

What's up in the solar system for the week of September 22

Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: Arrival and Mars' north pole

Emily Lakdawalla • September 22, 2008

Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: Arrival and Mars' north pole

Opportunity's got a long road ahead

Emily Lakdawalla • September 19, 2008

Mars Exploration Rover principal investigator Steve Squyres announced on National Public Radio's Science Friday show the next goal for Opportunity, and it's a long, long, long way away: a huge crater about 12 kilometers southeast of its current location, which the team is referring to internally as "Endeavour."

Phoenix Mission Receives OK to Listen for Sounds on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • September 18, 2008

Good news, everyone! The jillions of you who have asked me "are they ever going to record sounds using microphone on Phoenix?" now have at least part of an answer.

Chandrayaan-1 update

Emily Lakdawalla • September 18, 2008

Chandrayaan-1 update

MSL landing site meeting: Votes are in!

Emily Lakdawalla • September 17, 2008

MSL landing site meeting: Votes are in!

Welcome to the solar system, Haumea, Hi'iaka, and Namaka

Emily Lakdawalla • September 17, 2008

Welcome to the solar system, Haumea, Hi'iaka, and Namaka

MSL landing site meeting: Getting beaten up is good for science

Emily Lakdawalla • September 16, 2008

MSL landing site meeting: Getting beaten up is good for science

MSL landing site meeting: Where on Mars to look for ancient life

Emily Lakdawalla • September 15, 2008

MSL landing site meeting: Where on Mars to look for ancient life

MAVEN will be the second Mars Scout mission

Emily Lakdawalla • September 15, 2008

MAVEN will be the second Mars Scout mission

MSL landing site meeting, September 15-17, 2008

Emily Lakdawalla • September 15, 2008

MSL landing site meeting, September 15-17, 2008

Phoenix Sol 106 Update

Emily Lakdawalla • September 12, 2008

Phoenix Sol 106 Update

An amazing animation of Halley's comet from Vega 1

Emily Lakdawalla • September 11, 2008

An amazing animation of Halley's comet from Vega 1

The Face on Steins?

Emily Lakdawalla • September 10, 2008

The Face on Steins?

Ustream chat archived; comparing Itokawa and Eros

Emily Lakdawalla • September 10, 2008

Ustream chat archived; comparing Itokawa and Eros

LORRI is one powerful camera

Emily Lakdawalla • September 10, 2008

LORRI is one powerful camera

Rosetta Unearths a "Jewel of the Solar System"

Emily Lakdawalla • September 09, 2008

Rosetta Unearths a "Jewel of the Solar System"

What's up in the solar system for the week of September 8

Emily Lakdawalla • September 08, 2008

What's up in the solar system for the week of September 8

Where does Steins fit in?

Emily Lakdawalla • September 06, 2008

Where does Steins fit in?

First Rosetta images of Steins

Emily Lakdawalla • September 06, 2008

First Rosetta images of Steins

Rosetta heard from after flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • September 05, 2008

Rosetta heard from after flyby

Rosetta on target, no further rocket firings needed

Emily Lakdawalla • September 05, 2008

Rosetta on target, no further rocket firings needed

Carnival of Space #69

Emily Lakdawalla • September 05, 2008

Carnival of Space #69

Rosetta's just a day away from Steins and now on target

Emily Lakdawalla • September 04, 2008

Rosetta's just a day away from Steins and now on target

Phoenix update to sol 97: A new sample for wet chemistry and lots of fun with animations

Emily Lakdawalla • September 03, 2008

Phoenix update to sol 97: A new sample for wet chemistry and lots of fun with animations

Rosetta's zeroing in on Steins

Emily Lakdawalla • September 02, 2008

Rosetta's zeroing in on Steins

Opportunity's ready for a new adventure!

Emily Lakdawalla • August 29, 2008

It's official: Opportunity is out of Victoria. A news release from JPL stated today that Opportunity has, as of late yesterday (sol 1,634), exited Victoria crater.

Catching up with Phoenix, through sol 91

Emily Lakdawalla • August 29, 2008

Catching up with Phoenix, through sol 91

Pictures from the past: Viking 2 approaches Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • August 27, 2008

Pictures from the past: Viking 2 approaches Mars

GLAST has a new name: Fermi

Emily Lakdawalla • August 26, 2008

GLAST has a new name: Fermi

Asteroids and comets to scale, as a single image for printing or Powerpoint

Emily Lakdawalla • August 26, 2008

Asteroids and comets to scale, as a single image for printing or Powerpoint

What's up in the solar system for the week of August 25

Emily Lakdawalla • August 25, 2008

What's up in the solar system for the week of August 25

Three great new pages on Don Davis' website

Emily Lakdawalla • August 24, 2008

Don Davis is a space artist who takes the question of color in space very seriously.

Carnival of Space #68

Emily Lakdawalla • August 22, 2008

Carnival of Space #68

Tweet Tweet Tweet

Emily Lakdawalla • August 21, 2008

Tweet Tweet Tweet

Watching the clouds drift by

Emily Lakdawalla • August 21, 2008

Watching the clouds drift by

Things that probably won't ever be called planets, but maybe they should

Emily Lakdawalla • August 20, 2008

Things that probably won't ever be called planets, but maybe they should

Beautiful mosaic from the Enceladus encounter

Emily Lakdawalla • August 19, 2008

Beautiful mosaic from the Enceladus encounter

What's up in the solar system for the week of August 18

Emily Lakdawalla • August 16, 2008

What's up in the solar system for the week of August 18

Phoenix sol 79: TEGA oven 7 opened

Emily Lakdawalla • August 15, 2008

Phoenix sol 79: TEGA oven 7 opened

First image of a speck of Mars dust from the Atomic Force Microscope

Emily Lakdawalla • August 15, 2008

First image of a speck of Mars dust from the Atomic Force Microscope

Carnival of Space #67

Emily Lakdawalla • August 14, 2008

Carnival of Space #67

My thoughts on the Great Planet Debate

Emily Lakdawalla • August 14, 2008

My thoughts on the Great Planet Debate

Phoenix sol 76 update: Digging at Neverland, Cupboard, Stone Soup, Snow White, Burn Alive; samples for microscope and TEGA 5; and more

Emily Lakdawalla • August 13, 2008

Phoenix sol 76 update: Digging at Neverland, Cupboard, Stone Soup, Snow White, Burn Alive; samples for microscope and TEGA 5; and more

More Enceladus image fun

Emily Lakdawalla • August 12, 2008

More Enceladus image fun

Enceladus is so close I can touch it

Emily Lakdawalla • August 12, 2008

Enceladus is so close I can touch it

Enceladus flyby images are starting to appear

Emily Lakdawalla • August 12, 2008

Enceladus flyby images are starting to appear

What's up in the solar system for the week of August 11

Emily Lakdawalla • August 11, 2008

What's up in the solar system for the week of August 11

Looking back into Victoria crater

Emily Lakdawalla • August 08, 2008

Here's another wonderful self-portrait silhouette by Opportunity.

The Fountains of Enceladus

Emily Lakdawalla • August 08, 2008

The Fountains of Enceladus

Skeet Shooting Enceladus

Emily Lakdawalla • August 08, 2008

Skeet Shooting Enceladus

Carnival of Space #66

Emily Lakdawalla • August 08, 2008

Carnival of Space #66

Phoenix sol 72: Delivery to TEGA oven 5

Emily Lakdawalla • August 07, 2008

Phoenix sol 72: Delivery to TEGA oven 5

Phoenix perchlorate kerfuffle

Emily Lakdawalla • August 07, 2008

Phoenix perchlorate kerfuffle

Chandrayaan-1 launch delayed to October

Emily Lakdawalla • August 06, 2008

Chandrayaan-1 launch delayed to October

Rosetta and Glaciers

Emily Lakdawalla • August 06, 2008

Rosetta and Glaciers

What's up in the solar system for the week of August 4

Emily Lakdawalla • August 05, 2008

What's up in the solar system for the week of August 4

The Phoenix flap

Emily Lakdawalla • August 04, 2008

The Phoenix flap

Apparently there's something more exciting yet to be announced by Phoenix

Emily Lakdawalla • August 03, 2008

Apparently there's something more exciting yet to be announced by Phoenix

Carnival of Space # 65, and more

Emily Lakdawalla • August 03, 2008

Carnival of Space # 65, and more

The August 1 solar eclipse from space

Emily Lakdawalla • August 01, 2008

The August 1 solar eclipse from space

Opportunity casts a long shadow

Emily Lakdawalla • August 01, 2008

Opportunity casts a long shadow

Highlights of the Phoenix sol 64 press conference

Emily Lakdawalla • July 31, 2008

Highlights of the Phoenix sol 64 press conference

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