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Emily Lakdawalla's blogs from 2008

OMG!! Parachute!!!!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/26 01:04 CDT

OMG!! Parachute!!!!

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Some context for the "Sol 0" images

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/26 10:42 CDT

Some context for the "Sol 0" images

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/26 12:25 CDT

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

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I spoke too soon about color!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/25 10:59 CDT

I spoke too soon about color!

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A litle update from the press room

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/25 10:22 CDT

A litle update from the press room

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A deployed solar panel

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/25 10:18 CDT

A deployed solar panel

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/25 10:03 CDT

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

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Footpads

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/25 09:56 CDT

Footpads

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Solar panel deployed

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/25 09:05 CDT

Solar panel deployed

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First images from Phoenix!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/25 08:59 CDT

First images from Phoenix!

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Data is now coming down from Odyssey!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/25 08:47 CDT

Data is now coming down from Odyssey!

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/25 08:45 CDT

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

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PHOENIX HAS LANDED!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/25 08:09 CDT

PHOENIX HAS LANDED!

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/25 08:02 CDT

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

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/25 08:01 CDT

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

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/25 06:13 CDT

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

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Getting close to the critical time...

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/25 05:56 CDT

Getting close to the critical time...

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The press room is buzzing...

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/25 05:33 CDT

The press room is buzzing...

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Live video chat is over; maybe one more tonight

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/25 03:14 CDT

Live video chat is over; maybe one more tonight

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Have some courage, NASA!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/25 02:45 CDT

Have some courage, NASA!

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Some thoughts on relativity and simultaneity

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/25 01:57 CDT

Some thoughts on relativity and simultaneity

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/25 12:16 CDT

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

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Inspired by Phoenix: "Arrival," by Stuart Atkinson

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/24 03:39 CDT

Inspired by Phoenix: "Arrival," by Stuart Atkinson

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News from the Phoenix press briefing Saturday

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/24 03:16 CDT

News from the Phoenix press briefing Saturday

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Where to Watch Phoenix' Landing

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/23 05:01 CDT

Where to Watch Phoenix' Landing

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Visions of Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/23 03:58 CDT

Visions of Mars

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Carnivals and Storms

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/23 02:01 CDT

Carnivals and Storms

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Notes from the Thursday Phoenix press briefing

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/22 05:13 CDT

Notes from the Thursday Phoenix press briefing

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/22 01:23 CDT

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

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New version of Mars24 software released for Phoenix landing

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/22 12:36 CDT

New version of Mars24 software released for Phoenix landing

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Checking in at JPL

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/21 05:32 CDT

Checking in at JPL

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Gearing up for the Phoenix landing

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/20 10:22 CDT

Gearing up for the Phoenix landing

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/20 01:22 CDT

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

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Some random items and updates

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/19 05:51 CDT

Some random items and updates

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/19 03:11 CDT

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

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Hunting for Mars Polar Lander with HiRISE

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/16 03:59 CDT

Hunting for Mars Polar Lander with HiRISE

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A little Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter news

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/15 03:31 CDT

A little Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter news

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Landing ellipses

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/13 06:54 CDT

Landing ellipses

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/13 01:29 CDT

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

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Some beautiful video from the Spirit and Opportunity landing sites

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/12 06:02 CDT

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.

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/12 04:01 CDT

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

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Kaguya full Earth-rise and Earth-set videos

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/10 04:05 CDT

Kaguya full Earth-rise and Earth-set videos

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/09 02:55 CDT

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

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/08 05:48 CDT

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

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Carnival of space #53

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/08 05:47 CDT

Carnival of space #53

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What's left to do in assembling the Space Station

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/07 06:25 CDT

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.

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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spots dust devils at Phoenix landing site

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

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spots dust devils at Phoenix landing site

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/05 02:46 CDT

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

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Send Your Name to the Moon!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/02 06:46 CDT

Send Your Name to the Moon!

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Solar systems in motion

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/02 05:26 CDT

Solar systems in motion

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Seeing Mars in many colors

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/01 07:11 CDT

Seeing Mars in many colors

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Carnival of Space: The Anniversary Edition

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/05/01 10:35 CDT

Carnival of Space: The Anniversary Edition

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Where are all the women?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/04/30 02:08 CDT

Where are all the women?

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New names for features on Mercury and Tethys

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/04/29 05:53 CDT

New names for features on Mercury and Tethys

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/04/28 09:56 CDT

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

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The Phoenix landing site

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/04/25 01:35 CDT

The Phoenix landing site

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Carnival of Space #51

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/04/24 11:33 CDT

Carnival of Space #51

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Opportunity's arthritic shoulder is flaring up again

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/04/24 11:24 CDT

Opportunity's arthritic shoulder is flaring up again

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Website issues seem to be over

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/04/23 01:05 CDT

Website issues seem to be over

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Rocky planets and website problems

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/04/21 02:47 CDT

Rocky planets and website problems

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/04/17 09:59 CDT

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

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Carnival of Space #50

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/04/17 09:45 CDT

Carnival of Space #50

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A bit of fun with Mars Express images of Phobos

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/04/16 05:59 CDT

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.

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/04/15 05:24 CDT

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

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/04/15 11:24 CDT

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

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Shadows cast from Victoria's capes and bays

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/04/14 03:51 CDT

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.

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Beautiful new Earthrise and Earthset movies from Kaguya

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/04/11 03:26 CDT

Beautiful new Earthrise and Earthset movies from Kaguya

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Phoenix Targets Green Valley

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/04/10 07:01 CDT

Phoenix Targets Green Valley

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/04/10 05:27 CDT

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

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Beautiful Phobos photos

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/04/09 06:17 CDT

Beautiful Phobos photos

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Opportunity update: Approaching Cape Verde

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/04/08 03:43 CDT

Opportunity update: Approaching Cape Verde

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Cassini at a close apoapsis at Saturn

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/04/07 05:17 CDT

Cassini at a close apoapsis at Saturn

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Frame a Pluto portrait

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/04/07 01:27 CDT

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.

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Does Venus Express smell volcanoes?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/04/04 01:39 CDT

Does Venus Express smell volcanoes?

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Playing around with Cassini images of Janus

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/04/03 06:22 CDT

Playing around with Cassini images of Janus

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Topography on Titan

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/04/02 12:26 CDT

Topography on Titan

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A new surprise from Mars Global Surveyor

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/04/01 11:07 CDT

A new surprise from Mars Global Surveyor

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/03/31 05:31 CDT

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

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Space pens

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/03/27 10:52 CDT

Space pens

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/03/27 05:28 CDT

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

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Carnival of Space #47

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/03/27 01:02 CDT

Carnival of Space #47

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Cassini Finds Enceladus Tastes Like a Comet

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/03/26 06:22 CDT

Cassini Finds Enceladus Tastes Like a Comet

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Alan Stern has resigned

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/03/26 11:31 CDT

Alan Stern has resigned

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Saturn, Tethys, and Titan

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/03/25 12:37 CDT

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

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Spot three spacecraft

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/03/25 11:44 CDT

Spot three spacecraft

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Spirit, seen from space

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/03/24 05:46 CDT

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.

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Stars Above, Earth Below and Arthur C. Clarke

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/03/24 03:49 CDT

Stars Above, Earth Below and Arthur C. Clarke

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Carnival of Space #46

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/03/21 11:17 CDT

Carnival of Space #46

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When Titan's Winds Blow, Mountains Move

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/03/20 06:09 CDT

When Titan's Winds Blow, Mountains Move

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The Enceladus flyby, in color

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/03/20 01:34 CDT

The Enceladus flyby, in color

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Deimos arts and crafts

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/03/19 12:28 CDT

Deimos arts and crafts

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Remembering Sir Arthur C. Clarke, 1917-2008

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/03/19 11:17 CDT

Remembering Sir Arthur C. Clarke, 1917-2008

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Eurotas Chasmata, Janiculum Dorsa, and Evander Crater

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/03/18 03:30 CDT

Eurotas Chasmata, Janiculum Dorsa, and Evander Crater

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LPSC, Friday: Mostly Titan

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/03/17 11:59 CDT

LPSC, Friday: Mostly Titan

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Cassini flies by Enceladus

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/03/14 04:45 CDT

Cassini flies by Enceladus

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Stretching out Ulysses' life as long as possible

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/03/14 04:00 CDT

Stretching out Ulysses' life as long as possible

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LPSC: Wednesday: NASA Town Hall with Alan Stern

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/03/14 03:58 CDT

LPSC: Wednesday: NASA Town Hall with Alan Stern

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LPSC: Thursday: Rovers, Titan, Mars, Venus Express, Neptune

Posted by Ted Stryk on 2008/03/14 03:49 CDT

I spent a large portion of the day at the Lunar and Planetary Institute's library and presented my own poster during the poster sessions, so my coverage of Thursday's sessions is limited.

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Ted Stryk: Revealing the night sides of Uranus' moons

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/03/13 09:54 CDT

Ted Stryk: Revealing the night sides of Uranus' moons

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LPSC: Finally, some notes on the MESSENGER presentations

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/03/13 06:06 CDT

LPSC: Finally, some notes on the MESSENGER presentations

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