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Emily Lakdawalla's blogs from 2008

Visions of Mars, on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • May 26, 2008

Visions of Mars, on Mars

Done for the day

Emily Lakdawalla • May 26, 2008

Done for the day

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

Emily Lakdawalla • May 26, 2008

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

OMG!! Parachute!!!!

Emily Lakdawalla • May 26, 2008

OMG!! Parachute!!!!

Some context for the "Sol 0" images

Emily Lakdawalla • May 26, 2008

Some context for the "Sol 0" images

Phoenix: last press briefing of the day after the successful landing

Emily Lakdawalla • May 26, 2008

Phoenix: last press briefing of the day after the successful landing

I spoke too soon about color!

Emily Lakdawalla • May 25, 2008

I spoke too soon about color!

A litle update from the press room

Emily Lakdawalla • May 25, 2008

A litle update from the press room

A deployed solar panel

Emily Lakdawalla • May 25, 2008

A deployed solar panel

Early version of the horizon mosaic, still missing two of six panels

Emily Lakdawalla • May 25, 2008

Early version of the horizon mosaic, still missing two of six panels

Footpads

Emily Lakdawalla • May 25, 2008

Footpads

Solar panel deployed

Emily Lakdawalla • May 25, 2008

Solar panel deployed

First images from Phoenix!

Emily Lakdawalla • May 25, 2008

First images from Phoenix!

Data is now coming down from Odyssey!

Emily Lakdawalla • May 25, 2008

Data is now coming down from Odyssey!

Landing time was 23:53:44, Earth Received Time

Emily Lakdawalla • May 25, 2008

Landing time was 23:53:44, Earth Received Time

PHOENIX HAS LANDED!

Emily Lakdawalla • May 25, 2008

PHOENIX HAS LANDED!

Entry, Descent, and Landing events...refresh this often...

Emily Lakdawalla • May 25, 2008

Entry, Descent, and Landing events...refresh this often...

Sorry for the crash -- we may have been attacked -- but we're back and Phoenix landed successfully!

Emily Lakdawalla • May 25, 2008

Sorry for the crash -- we may have been attacked -- but we're back and Phoenix landed successfully!

Entry, Descent, and Landing events...refresh this often...

Emily Lakdawalla • May 25, 2008

Entry, Descent, and Landing events...refresh this often...

Getting close to the critical time...

Emily Lakdawalla • May 25, 2008

Getting close to the critical time...

The press room is buzzing...

Emily Lakdawalla • May 25, 2008

The press room is buzzing...

Live video chat is over; maybe one more tonight

Emily Lakdawalla • May 25, 2008

Live video chat is over; maybe one more tonight

Have some courage, NASA!

Emily Lakdawalla • May 25, 2008

Have some courage, NASA!

Some thoughts on relativity and simultaneity

Emily Lakdawalla • May 25, 2008

Some thoughts on relativity and simultaneity

Live video chat Sunday, May 25, at 1:30 pm Pacific (20:30 UTC)

Emily Lakdawalla • May 25, 2008

Live video chat Sunday, May 25, at 1:30 pm Pacific (20:30 UTC)

Inspired by Phoenix: "Arrival," by Stuart Atkinson

Emily Lakdawalla • May 24, 2008

Inspired by Phoenix: "Arrival," by Stuart Atkinson

News from the Phoenix press briefing Saturday

Emily Lakdawalla • May 24, 2008

News from the Phoenix press briefing Saturday

Where to Watch Phoenix' Landing

Emily Lakdawalla • May 23, 2008

Where to Watch Phoenix' Landing

Visions of Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • May 23, 2008

Visions of Mars

Carnivals and Storms

Emily Lakdawalla • May 23, 2008

Carnivals and Storms

Notes from the Thursday Phoenix press briefing

Emily Lakdawalla • May 22, 2008

Notes from the Thursday Phoenix press briefing

Live video chat Thursday, May 22, at 1 pm Pacific (20:00 UTC)

Emily Lakdawalla • May 22, 2008

Live video chat Thursday, May 22, at 1 pm Pacific (20:00 UTC)

New version of Mars24 software released for Phoenix landing

Emily Lakdawalla • May 22, 2008

New version of Mars24 software released for Phoenix landing

Checking in at JPL

Emily Lakdawalla • May 21, 2008

Checking in at JPL

Gearing up for the Phoenix landing

Emily Lakdawalla • May 20, 2008

Gearing up for the Phoenix landing

Up-to-the-minute map of the Phoenix landing site

Emily Lakdawalla • May 20, 2008

Up-to-the-minute map of the Phoenix landing site

Some random items and updates

Emily Lakdawalla • May 19, 2008

Some random items and updates

What's up in the solar system for the week of May 19

Emily Lakdawalla • May 19, 2008

What's up in the solar system for the week of May 19

Hunting for Mars Polar Lander with HiRISE

Emily Lakdawalla • May 16, 2008

Hunting for Mars Polar Lander with HiRISE

A little Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter news

Emily Lakdawalla • May 15, 2008

A little Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter news

Landing ellipses

Emily Lakdawalla • May 13, 2008

Landing ellipses

Live video chat Wednesday, May 14, at 3pm Pacific (22:00 UTC)

Emily Lakdawalla • May 13, 2008

Live video chat Wednesday, May 14, at 3pm Pacific (22:00 UTC)

Some beautiful video from the Spirit and Opportunity landing sites

Emily Lakdawalla • May 12, 2008

A majority of the people who work in planetary geology are usually associated with one or maybe two missions, doing all their research on the results from one instrument on one mission. But there are a few people whose expertise cuts across many space missions, and an even smaller number of people who seem to work on almost everything. Randy Kirk is one of those people.

What's up in the solar system for the week of May 12

Emily Lakdawalla • May 12, 2008

It's time to check in on what's going on with our trusty robots around the solar system.

Kaguya full Earth-rise and Earth-set videos

Emily Lakdawalla • May 10, 2008

Kaguya full Earth-rise and Earth-set videos

Anybody know how to grab an .asx stream to disk?

Emily Lakdawalla • May 09, 2008

Anybody know how to grab an .asx stream to disk?

White Rock through the Ages: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (2006-present)

Emily Lakdawalla • May 08, 2008

I apologize for the long hiatus in this White Rock series, but I hope this entry will be worth the wait.

Carnival of space #53

Emily Lakdawalla • May 08, 2008

Carnival of space #53

What's left to do in assembling the Space Station

Emily Lakdawalla • May 07, 2008

A little project I've been wanting to do for some time, combing the NASA archives for photos that document the assembly of the International Space Station.

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spots dust devils at Phoenix landing site

Emily Lakdawalla • May 06, 2008

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spots dust devils at Phoenix landing site

What's up in the solar system for the week of May 5

Emily Lakdawalla • May 05, 2008

Here's what's happening on active planetary missions this week.

Send Your Name to the Moon!

Emily Lakdawalla • May 02, 2008

Send Your Name to the Moon!

Solar systems in motion

Emily Lakdawalla • May 02, 2008

Solar systems in motion

Seeing Mars in many colors

Emily Lakdawalla • May 01, 2008

Seeing Mars in many colors

Carnival of Space: The Anniversary Edition

Emily Lakdawalla • May 01, 2008

Carnival of Space: The Anniversary Edition

Where are all the women?

Emily Lakdawalla • April 30, 2008

Where are all the women?

New names for features on Mercury and Tethys

Emily Lakdawalla • April 29, 2008

New names for features on Mercury and Tethys

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

Emily Lakdawalla • April 28, 2008

I thought it would be fun to start the week by taking stock of what's going on with all the active planetary missions out there.

The Phoenix landing site

Emily Lakdawalla • April 25, 2008

The Phoenix landing site

Carnival of Space #51

Emily Lakdawalla • April 24, 2008

Carnival of Space #51

Opportunity's arthritic shoulder is flaring up again

Emily Lakdawalla • April 24, 2008

Opportunity's arthritic shoulder is flaring up again

Website issues seem to be over

Emily Lakdawalla • April 23, 2008

Website issues seem to be over

Rocky planets and website problems

Emily Lakdawalla • April 21, 2008

Rocky planets and website problems

Preliminary thermal modeling accounts for some (but not all) of the Pioneer Anomaly

Emily Lakdawalla • April 17, 2008

Preliminary thermal modeling accounts for some (but not all) of the Pioneer Anomaly

Carnival of Space #50

Emily Lakdawalla • April 17, 2008

Carnival of Space #50

A bit of fun with Mars Express images of Phobos

Emily Lakdawalla • April 16, 2008

I recently found the focus to work on a big project: namely, downloading and examining every Mars Express High Resolution Stereo Camera image of Mars' two moons, Phobos and Deimos.

At last: Some bits of Kaguya video online in reasonable detail

Emily Lakdawalla • April 15, 2008

At last: Some bits of Kaguya video online in reasonable detail

Cassini's mission extension has (finally!) been formally approved

Emily Lakdawalla • April 15, 2008

Cassini's mission extension has (finally!) been formally approved

Shadows cast from Victoria's capes and bays

Emily Lakdawalla • April 14, 2008

This is from the "just plain cool" department: An animation of the shadows of Victoria Crater as seen by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, courtesy of Doug Ellison.

Beautiful new Earthrise and Earthset movies from Kaguya

Emily Lakdawalla • April 11, 2008

Beautiful new Earthrise and Earthset movies from Kaguya

Phoenix Targets Green Valley

Emily Lakdawalla • April 10, 2008

Phoenix Targets Green Valley

It's so crazy it just might work: Send Cassini between the rings and the planet

Emily Lakdawalla • April 10, 2008

It's so crazy it just might work: Send Cassini between the rings and the planet

Beautiful Phobos photos

Emily Lakdawalla • April 09, 2008

Beautiful Phobos photos

Opportunity update: Approaching Cape Verde

Emily Lakdawalla • April 08, 2008

Opportunity update: Approaching Cape Verde

Cassini at a close apoapsis at Saturn

Emily Lakdawalla • April 07, 2008

Cassini at a close apoapsis at Saturn

Frame a Pluto portrait

Emily Lakdawalla • April 07, 2008

As New Horizons continues its journey (it's now approaching the orbital distance of Saturn, though it's very far from that planet in space), the mission is taking advantage of the recent experience with the Jupiter flyby to plan out the science operations for the Pluto-Charon encounter.

Does Venus Express smell volcanoes?

Emily Lakdawalla • April 04, 2008

Does Venus Express smell volcanoes?

Playing around with Cassini images of Janus

Emily Lakdawalla • April 03, 2008

Playing around with Cassini images of Janus

Topography on Titan

Emily Lakdawalla • April 02, 2008

Topography on Titan

A new surprise from Mars Global Surveyor

Emily Lakdawalla • April 01, 2008

A new surprise from Mars Global Surveyor

Some random items: Clouds on Mars, telescopes on Earth, missions to the Moon

Emily Lakdawalla • March 31, 2008

Some random items: Clouds on Mars, telescopes on Earth, missions to the Moon

Space pens

Emily Lakdawalla • March 27, 2008

Space pens

White Rock through the ages: Mars Express (2004-present)

Emily Lakdawalla • March 27, 2008

When we last visited White Rock on Mars, both Mars Global Surveyor and 2001 Mars Odyssey were mapping the planet.

Carnival of Space #47

Emily Lakdawalla • March 27, 2008

Carnival of Space #47

Cassini Finds Enceladus Tastes Like a Comet

Emily Lakdawalla • March 26, 2008

Cassini Finds Enceladus Tastes Like a Comet

Alan Stern has resigned

Emily Lakdawalla • March 26, 2008

Alan Stern has resigned

Saturn, Tethys, and Titan

Emily Lakdawalla • March 25, 2008

I thought that today's image release from the Cassini imaging team was exceptionally pretty.

Spot three spacecraft

Emily Lakdawalla • March 25, 2008

Spot three spacecraft

Spirit, seen from space

Emily Lakdawalla • March 24, 2008

The HiRISE instrument on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter really is a spy camera in space. Check out this sequence of nine images from the HiRISE archives, which Doug Ellison pulled together into an animation covering more than a year of Spirit's mission.

Stars Above, Earth Below and Arthur C. Clarke

Emily Lakdawalla • March 24, 2008

Stars Above, Earth Below and Arthur C. Clarke

Carnival of Space #46

Emily Lakdawalla • March 21, 2008

Carnival of Space #46

When Titan's Winds Blow, Mountains Move

Emily Lakdawalla • March 20, 2008

When Titan's Winds Blow, Mountains Move

The Enceladus flyby, in color

Emily Lakdawalla • March 20, 2008

The Enceladus flyby, in color

Deimos arts and crafts

Emily Lakdawalla • March 19, 2008

Deimos arts and crafts

Remembering Sir Arthur C. Clarke, 1917-2008

Emily Lakdawalla • March 19, 2008

Remembering Sir Arthur C. Clarke, 1917-2008

Eurotas Chasmata, Janiculum Dorsa, and Evander Crater

Emily Lakdawalla • March 18, 2008

Eurotas Chasmata, Janiculum Dorsa, and Evander Crater

LPSC, Friday: Mostly Titan

Emily Lakdawalla • March 17, 2008

LPSC, Friday: Mostly Titan

Cassini flies by Enceladus

Emily Lakdawalla • March 14, 2008

Cassini flies by Enceladus

Stretching out Ulysses' life as long as possible

Emily Lakdawalla • March 14, 2008

Stretching out Ulysses' life as long as possible

LPSC: Wednesday: NASA Town Hall with Alan Stern

Emily Lakdawalla • March 14, 2008

LPSC: Wednesday: NASA Town Hall with Alan Stern

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