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Emily Lakdawalla's blogs from 2008

Proof for liquids on Titan

Emily Lakdawalla • July 30, 2008

A press release from the Cassini VIMS team today is titled "NASA Confirms Liquid Lake on Saturn Moon." This may be making some of you ask: but wait, haven't they already proven there's liquid lakes on Titan?

New photos of Phobos!

Emily Lakdawalla • July 30, 2008

New photos of Phobos!

E pur si muove

Emily Lakdawalla • July 29, 2008

E pur si muove

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

Emily Lakdawalla • July 29, 2008

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

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

Emily Lakdawalla • July 28, 2008

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

Phoenix sol 60: not enough sample to TEGA

Emily Lakdawalla • July 26, 2008

Phoenix sol 60: not enough sample to TEGA

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

Emily Lakdawalla • July 26, 2008

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

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

Emily Lakdawalla • July 25, 2008

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

Make your mark on the map

Emily Lakdawalla • July 25, 2008

Make your mark on the map

Phoenix sol 58 update: rasping and scraping in Wonderland

Emily Lakdawalla • July 24, 2008

Phoenix sol 58 update: rasping and scraping in Wonderland

Midnight Sun on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • July 24, 2008

Midnight Sun on Mars

How are we coming on Phoenix mission success?

Emily Lakdawalla • July 23, 2008

How are we coming on Phoenix mission success?

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

Emily Lakdawalla • July 23, 2008

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

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

Emily Lakdawalla • July 22, 2008

I'm finally back home from a long trip visiting family, so it's time for me to get back in the swing of things by checking up on the current activities of the twenty spacecraft exploring the solar system.

Stay tuned for new views of Phobos from Mars Express

Emily Lakdawalla • July 22, 2008

Stay tuned for new views of Phobos from Mars Express

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

Emily Lakdawalla • July 19, 2008

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

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

Emily Lakdawalla • July 18, 2008

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

Show this movie to your "non-spacy" friends

Emily Lakdawalla • July 17, 2008

Show this movie to your "non-spacy" friends

Danes on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • July 17, 2008

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.

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

Emily Lakdawalla • July 16, 2008

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

A great view of the Phoenix lander

Emily Lakdawalla • July 16, 2008

A great view of the Phoenix lander

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

Emily Lakdawalla • July 16, 2008

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

No Ustream webcast Wednesday

Emily Lakdawalla • July 15, 2008

No Ustream webcast Wednesday

Buzzed by a binary

Emily Lakdawalla • July 15, 2008

Buzzed by a binary

Welcome to the Solar System, Makemake

Emily Lakdawalla • July 15, 2008

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

Earth, nearly 40 years ago

Emily Lakdawalla • July 14, 2008

Earth, nearly 40 years ago

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

Emily Lakdawalla • July 14, 2008

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

"Ulysses is not dead yet."

Emily Lakdawalla • July 11, 2008

"Ulysses is not dead yet."

Hey, Lou! You get a medal!

Emily Lakdawalla • July 11, 2008

Hey, Lou! You get a medal!

Progress on the Phoenix Mission Success Panorama

Emily Lakdawalla • July 11, 2008

Progress on the Phoenix Mission Success Panorama

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

Emily Lakdawalla • July 10, 2008

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.

Carnival of Space #62

Emily Lakdawalla • July 10, 2008

Carnival of Space #62

Water on the Moon, a big impact on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • July 09, 2008

Water on the Moon, a big impact on Mars

Today's Ustream webcast archived

Emily Lakdawalla • July 09, 2008

Today's Ustream webcast archived

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

Emily Lakdawalla • July 09, 2008

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

Opportunity route map update

Emily Lakdawalla • July 09, 2008

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.

A summer of fun for space students

Emily Lakdawalla • July 08, 2008

A summer of fun for space students

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

Emily Lakdawalla • July 08, 2008

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

Beautiful mosaic of the Voyager mountains

Emily Lakdawalla • July 06, 2008

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.

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

Emily Lakdawalla • July 03, 2008

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

Carnival of Space #61

Emily Lakdawalla • July 03, 2008

Carnival of Space #61

GLAST is returning data to Earth

Emily Lakdawalla • July 03, 2008

GLAST is returning data to Earth

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

Emily Lakdawalla • July 03, 2008

As MESSENGER flew past the night side of Mercury in January, its Fast Imaging Plasma Spectrometer (FIPS) scooped up ions from an atmosphere so tenuous that it's usually called an "exosphere."

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

Emily Lakdawalla • July 02, 2008

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

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

Emily Lakdawalla • July 01, 2008

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

Strange things under Phoenix

Emily Lakdawalla • June 27, 2008

Strange things under Phoenix

Carnival of Space number 60

Emily Lakdawalla • June 27, 2008

Carnival of Space number 60

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

Emily Lakdawalla • June 26, 2008

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

Cassini camera data has been released through September 30, 2007

Emily Lakdawalla • June 26, 2008

Cassini camera data has been released through September 30, 2007

A milestone for the Phoenix mission success panorama

Emily Lakdawalla • June 24, 2008

A milestone for the Phoenix mission success panorama

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

Emily Lakdawalla • June 24, 2008

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

What's new with Cosmos 2?

Emily Lakdawalla • June 24, 2008

What's new with Cosmos 2?

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

Emily Lakdawalla • June 23, 2008

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

Yep, it's ice!

Emily Lakdawalla • June 20, 2008

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.

Carnival of Space #59

Emily Lakdawalla • June 20, 2008

Carnival of Space #59

Phoenix sol 24: A disappearance from Dodo?

Emily Lakdawalla • June 19, 2008

Phoenix sol 24: A disappearance from Dodo?

Women's names in the solar system

Emily Lakdawalla • June 19, 2008

Women's names in the solar system

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

Emily Lakdawalla • June 18, 2008

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

Some Phoenix questions and answers

Emily Lakdawalla • June 18, 2008

Some Phoenix questions and answers

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

Emily Lakdawalla • June 17, 2008

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

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

Emily Lakdawalla • June 16, 2008

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

Phoenix Sol 17 & 18 Update

Emily Lakdawalla • June 13, 2008

Phoenix Sol 17 & 18 Update

Sands on Earth, Sands on Mars

Jim Bell • June 13, 2008

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.

Sol 16 Update: The TEGA oven is full!

Emily Lakdawalla • June 12, 2008

Sol 16 Update: The TEGA oven is full!

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

Emily Lakdawalla • June 11, 2008

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

Phoenix sol 15 update

Emily Lakdawalla • June 11, 2008

Phoenix sol 15 update

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

Emily Lakdawalla • June 10, 2008

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

Phoenix raw images

Emily Lakdawalla • June 09, 2008

Phoenix raw images

Phoenix and the Quest for the Improbable

Emily Lakdawalla • June 09, 2008

Phoenix and the Quest for the Improbable

Phoenix sol 12 summary: A tough time with TEGA

Emily Lakdawalla • June 07, 2008

Phoenix sol 12 summary: A tough time with TEGA

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

Emily Lakdawalla • June 06, 2008

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

Carnival of Space #57

Emily Lakdawalla • June 06, 2008

Carnival of Space #57

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

Emily Lakdawalla • June 06, 2008

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

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

Emily Lakdawalla • June 05, 2008

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

What's up in the solar system

Emily Lakdawalla • June 04, 2008

What's up in the solar system

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

Emily Lakdawalla • June 04, 2008

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

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

Emily Lakdawalla • June 03, 2008

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

Press conferences from American Astronomical Society meeting

Emily Lakdawalla • June 03, 2008

Press conferences from American Astronomical Society meeting

Update on the search for Mars Polar Lander

Emily Lakdawalla • June 02, 2008

Update on the search for Mars Polar Lander

Report on Phoenix Sol 7 activities: Dig and Dump

Emily Lakdawalla • June 02, 2008

Report on Phoenix Sol 7 activities: Dig and Dump

My presentations to the American Astronomical Society sessions on New Media

Emily Lakdawalla • June 02, 2008

My presentations to the American Astronomical Society sessions on New Media

Watch American Astronomical Society events on Ustream

Emily Lakdawalla • June 02, 2008

Watch American Astronomical Society events on Ustream

Phoenix digs into the dirt

Emily Lakdawalla • June 02, 2008

Phoenix digs into the dirt

Hayabusa update

Emily Lakdawalla • June 01, 2008

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.

Phoenix sol 5 and 6 activities (sol 7 roundup)

Emily Lakdawalla • June 01, 2008

Phoenix sol 5 and 6 activities (sol 7 roundup)

Remote presentation at a workshop in St. Louis

Emily Lakdawalla • June 01, 2008

Remote presentation at a workshop in St. Louis

Space Shuttle Discovery just lifted off successfully

Emily Lakdawalla • May 31, 2008

Space Shuttle Discovery just lifted off successfully

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

Emily Lakdawalla • May 31, 2008

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

Could this be ice?

Emily Lakdawalla • May 31, 2008

Could this be ice?

Phoenix sol 5 roundup

Emily Lakdawalla • May 30, 2008

Phoenix sol 5 roundup

A few more photos from Phoenix today

Emily Lakdawalla • May 29, 2008

A few more photos from Phoenix today

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

Emily Lakdawalla • May 29, 2008

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

Carnival of Space #56

Emily Lakdawalla • May 29, 2008

Carnival of Space #56

A full panorama and an unstowed arm

Emily Lakdawalla • May 29, 2008

A full panorama and an unstowed arm

Messages from Earth

Emily Lakdawalla • May 28, 2008

Messages from Earth

Highlights from the Phoenix Sol 3 press conference

Emily Lakdawalla • May 28, 2008

Highlights from the Phoenix Sol 3 press conference

HiRISE images of the Phoenix landing site

Emily Lakdawalla • May 27, 2008

HiRISE images of the Phoenix landing site

A little update on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's radio

Emily Lakdawalla • May 27, 2008

A little update on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's radio

Phoenix Sol 2 press conference, in a nutshell

Emily Lakdawalla • May 27, 2008

Emily hits the high points of today's press conference.

The HiRISE parachute image just got even better

Emily Lakdawalla • May 27, 2008

The HiRISE parachute image just got even better

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