Emily Lakdawalla's blogs from 2008
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.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/03/13 09:54 CDT
Ted Stryk: Revealing the night sides of Uranus' moons
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/03/13 06:06 CDT
LPSC: Finally, some notes on the MESSENGER presentations
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/03/13 11:01 CDT
LPSC, Wednesday: More from the Moon -- SMART-1 and radar
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/03/12 08:50 CDT
LPSC, Tuesday: lunar talks, poster session, and Io
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/03/11 09:26 CDT
LPSC: Spiders and Swiss cheese on Mars, and a lunar lander network
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/03/04 05:23 CST
In the fourth installment in my look at one spot on Mars as seen through the eyes of different spacecraft, we finally get to a mission that is still operational: 2001 Mars Odyssey.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/02/28 10:30 CST
Pretty pictures from Cassini: Rhea, Saturn, and Janus
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/02/25 11:39 CST
Ulysses to fall silent, its voyage to continue forever
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/02/22 11:24 CST
We first spotted the strange bright feature colloquially known as "White Rock" in Mariner 9 images from 1972, and revisited it, without learning much more, in Viking images from the late 1970s.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/02/19 04:40 CST
There was a press release from the Cassini mission today about a pile of papers (14 of them!) being published in the journal Icarus about Saturn's icy moons. I haven't had time to read more than the overview article yet, but I wanted to come up with a graphic for an overview of Saturn's moons, and I couldn't resist delving into the massive database of Cassini images to produce something new
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/02/18 09:54 CST
It's a legal holiday here in the U.S. (President's day), and my daughter's babysitter is taking the day off, so I won't be getting much work done today. But I thought I'd check in to share the fact that, as we got out of the car last week, my daughter pointed up in the sky at the crescent moon and said "Dat!" so I gave her the word, "Moon."
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/02/14 03:56 CST
Nonfunctioning descending U.S. spy satellite to be blown up
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/02/12 04:11 CST
Opportunity is now following a rather leisurely autumn schedule, according to the latest update on the mission website. Some of the work Opportunity is doing involves staring skyward, looking for patterns in the clouds that pass overhead at this time of year. One of the guys at unmannedspaceflight.com has put together some nifty animations of the wispy cloud patterns.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/02/08 02:31 CST
While conversing with Ken Edgett about the smiley face on Mars he remarked to me how different Mars looks at different pixel scales, and in particular that there is a transition somewhere in the neighborhood of six to seven meters per pixel.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/02/07 02:36 CST
Atlantis and Columbus embark for the International Space Station
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/02/04 01:15 CST
WD5 most likely missed Mars, but we may never know
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/02/01 11:09 CST
Target Earth, asking candidates about science, SETI, and the rovers
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/01/30 11:23 CST
First science results from the MESSENGER Mercury flyby
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/01/30 08:00 CST
Just two weeks after MESSENGER's first flyby of Mercury, the mission's science team presented their first impressions from the long-awaited second look at the innermost planet.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/01/29 01:40 CST
Hubble is pointing at 2007 WD5 (and Mars) tomorrow
The story of a Sasquatch-shaped rock visible in a recent panorama from Spirit is getting a lot of play in the mainstream media, but fortunately, it's not being taken very seriously. (My favorite take on this picture is the lead from the Times Online story about it: "Is it a rock? A trick of Martian light on the eye? Or Osama Bin Laden waving from his barren hideout 300 million miles from planet Earth?")
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/01/16 02:31 CST
New MESSENGER image release: Mercury at high resolution
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/01/15 11:22 CST
Things I think are cool in the first MESSENGER image of Mercury
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/01/14 11:26 CST
MESSENGER has (probably) disappeared (but it's coming back)
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/01/11 04:31 CST
One of the major results from the Cassini mission last year was the production of a mosaic of images from its RADAR instrument covering Titan's north pole. Titan's north pole has lakes upon lakes, some big, some small, but everywhere you look, there they are.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/01/10 10:19 CST
Mars impact chance drops to 1 in 10,000, which may as well be zero
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/01/10 08:00 CST
Mercury scientists' very long wait for new data from a spacecraft at Mercury will finally come to an end on Monday, when MESSENGER makes its first close approach to the innermost planet.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/01/08 10:34 CST
American Astronomical Society meeting in Austin this week
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/01/08 10:13 CST
Maybe, possibly, a nuclear-powered Discovery mission?
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