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Emily Lakdawalla's blogs from 2008

E pur si muove

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/29 02:09 CDT

E pur si muove

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A launch slip for Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (not their fault)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/29 01:39 CDT

A launch slip for Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (not their fault)

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What's up in the solar system for the week of July 28

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/28 01:01 CDT

What's up in the solar system for the week of July 28

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Phoenix sol 60: not enough sample to TEGA

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/26 05:37 CDT

Phoenix sol 60: not enough sample to TEGA

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Phoenix Sol 60 rasping and dumping successful -- but we don't yet know if it got inside TEGA

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/26 04:29 CDT

Phoenix Sol 60 rasping and dumping successful -- but we don't yet know if it got inside TEGA

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Earth to Phoenix: You are "go" to grab an ice sample for TEGA

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/25 11:14 CDT

Earth to Phoenix: You are "go" to grab an ice sample for TEGA

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Make your mark on the map

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/25 01:09 CDT

Make your mark on the map

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Phoenix sol 58 update: rasping and scraping in Wonderland

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/24 04:00 CDT

Phoenix sol 58 update: rasping and scraping in Wonderland

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Midnight Sun on Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/24 01:28 CDT

Midnight Sun on Mars

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How are we coming on Phoenix mission success?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/23 06:01 CDT

How are we coming on Phoenix mission success?

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More information on the Mars Express Phobos flyby today (no pictures yet)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/23 03:55 CDT

More information on the Mars Express Phobos flyby today (no pictures yet)

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What's up in the solar system for the week of July 21

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/22 05:21 CDT

What's up in the solar system for the week of July 21

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Stay tuned for new views of Phobos from Mars Express

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/22 01:03 CDT

Stay tuned for new views of Phobos from Mars Express

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Everyone celebrate! TEGA Oven 0 doors opened perfectly on sol 53

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/19 08:39 CDT

Everyone celebrate! TEGA Oven 0 doors opened perfectly on sol 53

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Jupiter's Little Red Spot makes a second safe trip past the Great one

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/18 08:47 CDT

Jupiter's Little Red Spot makes a second safe trip past the Great one

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Show this movie to your "non-spacy" friends

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/17 08:50 CDT

Show this movie to your "non-spacy" friends

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Danes on Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/17 08:41 CDT

I was delighted to receive an email from Morten Bo Madsen, who I knew from the Mars Exploration Rover mission as "that Danish magnet guy," the fellow responsible for the magnet experiments on nearly every American Mars mission. The magnets were originally designed to study the properties of airborne Martian dust, which would help determine its composition.

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A quick update on Phoenix, sol 50: Got ice? Yes!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/16 09:19 CDT

A quick update on Phoenix, sol 50: Got ice? Yes!

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A great view of the Phoenix lander

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/16 12:45 CDT

A great view of the Phoenix lander

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Last chances to send your name to the Moon on Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/16 10:45 CDT

Last chances to send your name to the Moon on Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

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No Ustream webcast Wednesday

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/15 04:29 CDT

No Ustream webcast Wednesday

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Buzzed by a binary

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/15 12:38 CDT

Buzzed by a binary

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Welcome to the Solar System, Makemake

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/15 09:45 CDT

The trans-Neptunian object formerly known as 2005 FY9 now has a name: "Makemake."

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Earth, nearly 40 years ago

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/14 01:54 CDT

Earth, nearly 40 years ago

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What's up in the solar system for the week of July 14

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/14 10:59 CDT

What's up in the solar system for the week of July 14

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"Ulysses is not dead yet."

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/11 12:47 CDT

"Ulysses is not dead yet."

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Hey, Lou! You get a medal!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/11 12:11 CDT

Hey, Lou! You get a medal!

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Progress on the Phoenix Mission Success Panorama

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/11 08:42 CDT

Progress on the Phoenix Mission Success Panorama

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More things to see in the amazing HiRISE image of Phoenix' descent

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/10 02:09 CDT

I have posted several times about the amazing photo captured by HiRISE of Phoenix under its parachute as it descended. There have been two common questions I've received about the photo: was there any color data taken, and what more can I tell you about how hard it was to take the photo? I've got answers to both questions for you today.

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Carnival of Space #62

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/10 12:25 CDT

Carnival of Space #62

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Water on the Moon, a big impact on Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/09 07:59 CDT

Water on the Moon, a big impact on Mars

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Today's Ustream webcast archived

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/09 04:19 CDT

Today's Ustream webcast archived

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Phoenix sol 43 update: Lots of imaging, hacking at Snow White, first touch for TECP, and more

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/09 09:46 CDT

Phoenix sol 43 update: Lots of imaging, hacking at Snow White, first touch for TECP, and more

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Opportunity route map update

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/09 08:39 CDT

Eduardo Tesheiner was kind enough to send me an updated version of his route map for Opportunity so we can get a sense of just how close the rover is getting to Cape Verde.

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A summer of fun for space students

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/08 08:48 CDT

A summer of fun for space students

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What's up in the solar system for the week of July 7

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/08 01:23 CDT

What's up in the solar system for the week of July 7

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Beautiful mosaic of the Voyager mountains

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/06 04:15 CDT

One of my favorite amateur image magicians, Gordan Ugarkovic continues to play around with the amazing data recently released by the Cassini mission, covering the Iapetus encounter of last September. Here's a lovely mosaic he just put together of the Voyager Mountains.

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MESSENGER Scientists 'Astonished' to Find Water in Mercury's Thin Atmosphere

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/03 06:42 CDT

MESSENGER Scientists 'Astonished' to Find Water in Mercury's Thin Atmosphere

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Carnival of Space #61

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/03 06:40 CDT

Carnival of Space #61

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GLAST is returning data to Earth

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/03 09:48 CDT

GLAST is returning data to Earth

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Phoenix sol 36 update: Scraping in Wonderland, next steps for TEGA

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/02 06:23 CDT

Phoenix sol 36 update: Scraping in Wonderland, next steps for TEGA

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What's up in the solar system for the week of June 30

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/07/01 02:34 CDT

What's up in the solar system for the week of June 30

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Strange things under Phoenix

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/27 04:31 CDT

Strange things under Phoenix

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Carnival of Space number 60

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/27 12:17 CDT

Carnival of Space number 60

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Phoenix sol 30 update: Alkaline soil, not very salty, "nothing extreme" about it!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/26 05:11 CDT

Phoenix sol 30 update: Alkaline soil, not very salty, "nothing extreme" about it!

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Cassini camera data has been released through September 30, 2007

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/26 02:09 CDT

Cassini camera data has been released through September 30, 2007

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A milestone for the Phoenix mission success panorama

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/24 06:39 CDT

A milestone for the Phoenix mission success panorama

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Phoenix sol 29 update: Anomalies here and there, but minimum mission success is on the horizon

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/24 12:59 CDT

Phoenix sol 29 update: Anomalies here and there, but minimum mission success is on the horizon

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What's new with Cosmos 2?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/24 11:06 CDT

What's new with Cosmos 2?

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What's up in the solar system for the week of June 23

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/23 05:38 CDT

What's up in the solar system for the week of June 23

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Yep, it's ice!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/20 04:43 CDT

The Phoenix mission confirmed it this morning: the disappearing act pulled by those chunks of bright material in the Dodo trench pretty much nails the identification of the bright material as ice, which is great news for the mission. Ice is what Phoenix went all the way to Mars to study; it's what the team has been aiming for all these years.

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Carnival of Space #59

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/20 04:42 CDT

Carnival of Space #59

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Phoenix sol 24: A disappearance from Dodo?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/19 05:36 CDT

Phoenix sol 24: A disappearance from Dodo?

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Women's names in the solar system

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/19 01:42 CDT

Women's names in the solar system

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An anomaly on Phoenix Sol 22, but the spacecraft is in no danger

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/18 05:25 CDT

An anomaly on Phoenix Sol 22, but the spacecraft is in no danger

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Some Phoenix questions and answers

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/18 11:50 CDT

Some Phoenix questions and answers

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Getting back up to speed on Phoenix: up to sol 22, first dig at Wonderland

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/17 07:06 CDT

Getting back up to speed on Phoenix: up to sol 22, first dig at Wonderland

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What's up in the solar system for the week of June 16

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/16 04:45 CDT

What's up in the solar system for the week of June 16

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Phoenix Sol 17 & 18 Update

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/13 05:46 CDT

Phoenix Sol 17 & 18 Update

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Sands on Earth, Sands on Mars

Posted by Jim Bell on 2008/06/13 01:49 CDT

One of the ways that planetary scientists try to understand the origin and evolution of landforms on other planets is by studying similar kinds of landforms or "analogs" here on the Earth. For the past few days I've been working with a group of colleagues doing just that--specifically, studying dunes in the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in order to try to better understand the nature of sand dunes on Mars.

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Sol 16 Update: The TEGA oven is full!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/12 10:07 CDT

Sol 16 Update: The TEGA oven is full!

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MARCI and CTX: Lesser-known (but important!) siblings on MRO

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/11 10:19 CDT

MARCI and CTX: Lesser-known (but important!) siblings on MRO

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Phoenix sol 15 update

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/11 09:19 CDT

Phoenix sol 15 update

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Phoenix Sol 14 summary: Attempt to shake sample into TEGA fails, sample for optical microscope gathered

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/10 01:00 CDT

Phoenix Sol 14 summary: Attempt to shake sample into TEGA fails, sample for optical microscope gathered

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Phoenix raw images

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/09 11:06 CDT

Phoenix raw images

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Phoenix and the Quest for the Improbable

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/09 04:02 CDT

Phoenix and the Quest for the Improbable

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Phoenix sol 12 summary: A tough time with TEGA

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/07 05:21 CDT

Phoenix sol 12 summary: A tough time with TEGA

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I'm going on vacation -- so I got two Jims to substitute!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/06 04:24 CDT

I'm going on vacation -- so I got two Jims to substitute!

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Carnival of Space #57

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/06 04:08 CDT

Carnival of Space #57

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Phoenix sol 11: A dig at Baby Bear; poised to dump first TEGA sample

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/06 03:56 CDT

Phoenix sol 11: A dig at Baby Bear; poised to dump first TEGA sample

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Report on Phoenix Sol 10: a "runout" day, leaving time to gawk at sol 9 microscopic images

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/05 06:52 CDT

Report on Phoenix Sol 10: a "runout" day, leaving time to gawk at sol 9 microscopic images

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What's up in the solar system

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/04 05:50 CDT

What's up in the solar system

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Report on Phoenix Sol 9 activities: Ready to get samples; but Odyssey is in safe mode

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/04 05:27 CDT

Report on Phoenix Sol 9 activities: Ready to get samples; but Odyssey is in safe mode

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Report on Phoenix Sol 8 activities: An extra day to learn how to use the arm

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/03 06:49 CDT

Report on Phoenix Sol 8 activities: An extra day to learn how to use the arm

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Press conferences from American Astronomical Society meeting

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/03 12:55 CDT

Press conferences from American Astronomical Society meeting

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Update on the search for Mars Polar Lander

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/02 06:30 CDT

Update on the search for Mars Polar Lander

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Report on Phoenix Sol 7 activities: Dig and Dump

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/02 05:48 CDT

Report on Phoenix Sol 7 activities: Dig and Dump

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My presentations to the American Astronomical Society sessions on New Media

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/02 04:00 CDT

My presentations to the American Astronomical Society sessions on New Media

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Watch American Astronomical Society events on Ustream

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/02 01:21 CDT

Watch American Astronomical Society events on Ustream

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Phoenix digs into the dirt

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/02 12:09 CDT

Phoenix digs into the dirt

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Hayabusa update

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/01 11:48 CDT

JAXA has posted a note on their website on the status of Hayabusa, which apparently reached aphelion in late May. Hayabusa is Japan's amazing ion-powered mission to asteroid Itokawa, which touched down on Itokawa to grab a sample in mid-November 2005, but suffered an injury that has left in doubt its ability to return the sample capsule to Earth.

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Phoenix sol 5 and 6 activities (sol 7 roundup)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/01 04:06 CDT

Phoenix sol 5 and 6 activities (sol 7 roundup)

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Remote presentation at a workshop in St. Louis

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/06/01 02:29 CDT

Remote presentation at a workshop in St. Louis

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Space Shuttle Discovery just lifted off successfully

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/31 04:15 CDT

Space Shuttle Discovery just lifted off successfully

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Phoenix sol 6: Holy cow, it's ice!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/31 01:51 CDT

Phoenix sol 6: Holy cow, it's ice!

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Could this be ice?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/31 12:08 CDT

Could this be ice?

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Phoenix sol 5 roundup

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/30 04:15 CDT

Phoenix sol 5 roundup

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A few more photos from Phoenix today

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/29 04:00 CDT

A few more photos from Phoenix today

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Phoenix sol 4 press briefing: unstowed arm, full panorama, and weather

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/29 03:38 CDT

Phoenix sol 4 press briefing: unstowed arm, full panorama, and weather

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Carnival of Space #56

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/29 11:46 CDT

Carnival of Space #56

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A full panorama and an unstowed arm

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/29 01:01 CDT

A full panorama and an unstowed arm

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Messages from Earth

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/28 05:25 CDT

Messages from Earth

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Highlights from the Phoenix Sol 3 press conference

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/28 02:30 CDT

Highlights from the Phoenix Sol 3 press conference

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HiRISE images of the Phoenix landing site

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/27 06:03 CDT

HiRISE images of the Phoenix landing site

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A little update on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's radio

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/27 05:05 CDT

A little update on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's radio

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Phoenix Sol 2 press conference, in a nutshell

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/27 03:51 CDT

Phoenix Sol 2 press conference, in a nutshell

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The HiRISE parachute image just got even better

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/27 01:42 CDT

The HiRISE parachute image just got even better

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Visions of Mars, on Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/26 11:33 CDT

Visions of Mars, on Mars

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Done for the day

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/26 05:12 CDT

Done for the day

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OMG!! Parachute!!!! Photo!!!!!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/26 01:12 CDT

OMG!! Parachute!!!! Photo!!!!!

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