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Emily Lakdawalla's blogs from 2009

Planetary Radio Q and A: Why isn't New Horizons stopping at Pluto?

Emily Lakdawalla • August 25, 2009

Planetary Radio Q and A: Why isn't New Horizons stopping at Pluto?

"Mama, there's something out the window!"

Emily Lakdawalla • August 24, 2009

"Mama, there's something out the window!"

Stephen Colbert: "It has been a true honor to make merciless fun of you this year."

Emily Lakdawalla • August 24, 2009

Stephen Colbert: "It has been a true honor to make merciless fun of you this year."

A sunset into the dust

Emily Lakdawalla • August 24, 2009

While Spirit has been stuck at Troy, it's been taking numerous opportunities to capture photos with dramatic twilight lighting. On sol 2,002 (three sols ago, or August 21), it gazed toward the setting Sun, snapping the shutter roughly once a minute.

Carnival of Space #117

Emily Lakdawalla • August 24, 2009

Carnival of Space #117

A week of Tweets

Emily Lakdawalla • August 21, 2009

A week of Tweets

Finally, I write about Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera photos

Emily Lakdawalla • August 21, 2009

Finally, I write about Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera photos

Dawn on the northern face of Saturn's rings

Emily Lakdawalla • August 20, 2009

Dawn on the northern face of Saturn's rings

The July-August 2009 issue of The Planetary Report is out, with Buzz Aldrin

Emily Lakdawalla • August 20, 2009

The July-August 2009 issue of The Planetary Report is out, with Buzz Aldrin

What's up in the solar system in August 2009

Emily Lakdawalla • August 19, 2009

What's up in the solar system in August 2009

Io eclipses and transits Ganymede

Emily Lakdawalla • August 18, 2009

Io eclipses and transits Ganymede

Planetary Radio Q and A: What's Jupiter made of? Part 2

Emily Lakdawalla • August 18, 2009

Planetary Radio Q and A: What's Jupiter made of? Part 2

Carnival of Space #116

Emily Lakdawalla • August 18, 2009

Carnival of Space #116

Send a message to the aliens

Emily Lakdawalla • August 17, 2009

Send a message to the aliens

Uranian crescents

Emily Lakdawalla • August 17, 2009

Uranian crescents

This will be one spectacular Saturn mosaic when it's assembled properly

Emily Lakdawalla • August 14, 2009

This will be one spectacular Saturn mosaic when it's assembled properly

A week of Tweets

Emily Lakdawalla • August 14, 2009

A week of Tweets

New image of Opportunity on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • August 14, 2009

I really can't explain why it didn't occur to me to search for the rover in the image of Victoria crater released by the HiRISE team on Wednesday.

The Jupiter Impact

Emily Lakdawalla • August 13, 2009

The Jupiter Impact

The latest from the 2009 Arctic Mars Analogue Svalbard Expedition

Emily Lakdawalla • August 13, 2009

The latest from the 2009 Arctic Mars Analogue Svalbard Expedition

Images from equinox!

Emily Lakdawalla • August 12, 2009

Images from equinox!

Mars eye candy: New oblique view of Victoria crater

Emily Lakdawalla • August 12, 2009

Today the HiRISE team released a lovely new view of Victoria crater, taken nearly a year after the Opportunity rover departed it.

Happy Saturn equinox day!

Emily Lakdawalla • August 11, 2009

Happy Saturn equinox day!

Carnival of Space #115

Emily Lakdawalla • August 11, 2009

Carnival of Space #115

Planetary Radio Q and A: What's Jupiter made of?

Emily Lakdawalla • August 10, 2009

Planetary Radio Q and A: What's Jupiter made of?

Saturn's equinox: Saturnshine and moon shadows

Emily Lakdawalla • August 10, 2009

Saturn's equinox: Saturnshine and moon shadows

Saturn's equinox: Daphnis' shadow and wake

Emily Lakdawalla • August 07, 2009

Saturn's equinox: Daphnis' shadow and wake

My Tweets this week

Emily Lakdawalla • August 07, 2009

My Tweets this week

Triple asteroid 1994 CC rotation animation

Emily Lakdawalla • August 06, 2009

From the "just plain cool" department. I love animations of planetary images and I love radar images of asteroids -- so this animation is doubly cool.

Reports from the 2009 AMASE Field Expedition

Emily Lakdawalla • August 06, 2009

Now that it's high summer in the Arctic, it's time for research expeditions to swarm northward to explore icy landscapes as analogues to Mars and other far-off places.

An "amateur" discovers moons in old Voyager images

Emily Lakdawalla • August 05, 2009

An "amateur" discovers moons in old Voyager images

The Earth from the Sky, and the Sky from the Earth

Emily Lakdawalla • August 03, 2009

The Earth from the Sky, and the Sky from the Earth

Hi, I'm back!

Emily Lakdawalla • August 03, 2009

Hi, I'm back!

Titan in 3D

Emily Lakdawalla • July 24, 2009

Titan in 3D

Webcast of Ulysses last day of operations

Emily Lakdawalla • June 30, 2009

Webcast of Ulysses last day of operations

New Updates on LRO and LCROSS

Emily Lakdawalla • June 26, 2009

New Updates on LRO and LCROSS

Planning for Pluto

Emily Lakdawalla • June 12, 2009

Planning for Pluto

"My First Reaction Was to Look Away From It....It Was Too Beautiful"

Emily Lakdawalla • May 22, 2009

"My First Reaction Was to Look Away From It....It Was Too Beautiful"

LRO & LCROSS Up-Close Tour

Emily Lakdawalla • May 19, 2009

LRO & LCROSS Up-Close Tour

Hubble Spacewalks: 2 Down, 3 to Go, Never Routine

Emily Lakdawalla • May 18, 2009

Hubble Spacewalks: 2 Down, 3 to Go, Never Routine

Atlantis Astronauts Rocket into Space and Grab Hubble

Emily Lakdawalla • May 14, 2009

Atlantis Astronauts Rocket into Space and Grab Hubble

One-on-One Chat with Ed Weiler on Hubble and the Future of Mars Exploration

Emily Lakdawalla • May 14, 2009

One-on-One Chat with Ed Weiler on Hubble and the Future of Mars Exploration

Atlantis Launches on a Final Mission to Hubble

Emily Lakdawalla • May 11, 2009

Atlantis Launches on a Final Mission to Hubble

Fueling Atlantis! T Minus 6 Hours and Counting

Emily Lakdawalla • May 11, 2009

Fueling Atlantis! T Minus 6 Hours and Counting

Atlantis Exposed to the Heavens -- T Minus 14 Hours from Blast-off to Hubble

Emily Lakdawalla • May 11, 2009

Atlantis Exposed to the Heavens -- T Minus 14 Hours from Blast-off to Hubble

"Go" at T-2 days from launch -- Hubble Science Instruments Preview

Emily Lakdawalla • May 10, 2009

"Go" at T-2 days from launch -- Hubble Science Instruments Preview

Astronauts Fly into Cape. Countdown Clock Ticking for Mission to Save "The People's Telescope"

Emily Lakdawalla • May 10, 2009

Astronauts Fly into Cape. Countdown Clock Ticking for Mission to Save "The People's Telescope"

NASA's Final Servicing Mission to the Hubble Space Telescope

Emily Lakdawalla • May 07, 2009

NASA's Final Servicing Mission to the Hubble Space Telescope

Goodbye for a while

Emily Lakdawalla • April 26, 2009

Goodbye for a while

Big Picture and other good links for today

Emily Lakdawalla • April 21, 2009

Big Picture and other good links for today

Spirit Update: Generally healthy, but "amnesiac?"

Emily Lakdawalla • April 21, 2009

Spirit Update: Generally healthy, but "amnesiac?"

A couple of space carnivals

Emily Lakdawalla • April 20, 2009

A couple of space carnivals

What to do if the big one is headed our way?

Emily Lakdawalla • April 16, 2009

What to do if the big one is headed our way?

COLBERT is going to space!!

Emily Lakdawalla • April 14, 2009

COLBERT is going to space!!

Ted Stryk: Europa Jupiter System Mission Colloquium

Emily Lakdawalla • April 14, 2009

Ted Stryk: Europa Jupiter System Mission Colloquium

Spirit hiccup

Emily Lakdawalla • April 13, 2009

Another of those dreaded "status reports" from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory arrived in my mailbox just now.

Moon shadow, moon shadow

Emily Lakdawalla • April 13, 2009

Moon shadow, moon shadow

Update on the Mars dust event

Emily Lakdawalla • April 09, 2009

Update on the Mars dust event

Kepler's removed the lens cap

Emily Lakdawalla • April 08, 2009

Kepler's removed the lens cap

LPSC: Friday afternoon on Martian basins and planning for future lunar missions

Emily Lakdawalla • April 07, 2009

LPSC: Friday afternoon on Martian basins and planning for future lunar missions

Spirit's got a clear path to Von Braun

Emily Lakdawalla • April 06, 2009

Spirit's got a clear path to Von Braun

Sorry for the quiet last week -- time to catch up

Emily Lakdawalla • April 06, 2009

Sorry for the quiet last week -- time to catch up

Space Carnival & new Chandrayaan-1 Earth photo

Emily Lakdawalla • April 02, 2009

Space Carnival & new Chandrayaan-1 Earth photo

Mars Action Weather Report: A dust event is brewing in the south

Emily Lakdawalla • March 31, 2009

Mars Action Weather Report: A dust event is brewing in the south

LPSC: Friday morning session on future missions

Emily Lakdawalla • March 27, 2009

LPSC: Friday morning session on future missions

LPSC: Thursday's posters

Emily Lakdawalla • March 27, 2009

LPSC: Thursday's posters

Aurora expedition: The end

Emily Lakdawalla • March 27, 2009

Aurora expedition: The end

Look! It's a near-Earth asteroid!

Emily Lakdawalla • March 26, 2009

Look! It's a near-Earth asteroid!

Cool photo: Venus' crescent

Emily Lakdawalla • March 26, 2009

Cool photo: Venus' crescent

LPSC: Asteroids and Mercury

Emily Lakdawalla • March 26, 2009

LPSC: Asteroids and Mercury

Brown-Vernadsky Microsymposium 2009: The talks

Emily Lakdawalla • March 26, 2009

Brown-Vernadsky Microsymposium 2009: The talks

LPSC: Triton's crescent

Emily Lakdawalla • March 25, 2009

LPSC: Triton's crescent

LPSC: Saltwater at the Phoenix landing site?

Emily Lakdawalla • March 25, 2009

LPSC: Saltwater at the Phoenix landing site?

Mars Express VMC is back online!

Emily Lakdawalla • March 25, 2009

Mars Express VMC is back online!

Aurora Expedition: Aurorae and a volcano

Emily Lakdawalla • March 24, 2009

Aurora Expedition: Aurorae and a volcano

LPSC, Day 2: Morning sessions on our Moon and Saturn's moons

Emily Lakdawalla • March 24, 2009

LPSC, Day 2: Morning sessions on our Moon and Saturn's moons

Brown-Vernadsky Microsymposium 2009: Introduction

Emily Lakdawalla • March 24, 2009

Brown-Vernadsky Microsymposium 2009: Introduction

Spirit puts the pedal to the metal

Emily Lakdawalla • March 24, 2009

Way to go, Spirit! The last two drives for the five-wheeled rover have taken it a total of about 40 meters west, traveling around the north edge of Home Plate. If I'm not mistaken, that's more than Spirit has driven in the last 400 sols combined.

Name Orcus' moon!

Emily Lakdawalla • March 24, 2009

Name Orcus' moon!

LPSC, Day 1: Phoenix, morning session

Emily Lakdawalla • March 23, 2009

LPSC, Day 1: Phoenix, morning session

Aurora Expedition: From Seward to Anchorage to Fairbanks

Emily Lakdawalla • March 23, 2009

Aurora Expedition: From Seward to Anchorage to Fairbanks

Attack of the dust donuts

Emily Lakdawalla • March 20, 2009

Attack of the dust donuts

Aurora Expedition: Arrival

Emily Lakdawalla • March 20, 2009

Aurora Expedition: Arrival

Learning about the little things beyond Neptune by studying binaries

Emily Lakdawalla • March 19, 2009

Learning about the little things beyond Neptune by studying binaries

Hubble catches a quadruple transit

Emily Lakdawalla • March 17, 2009

Hubble catches a quadruple transit

Take a field trip to Arizona

Emily Lakdawalla • March 16, 2009

Take a field trip to Arizona

Carnival of Space #94

Emily Lakdawalla • March 15, 2009

Carnival of Space #94

I have an announcement to make

Emily Lakdawalla • March 13, 2009

I have an announcement to make

Ulysses: Still not dead yet

Emily Lakdawalla • March 13, 2009

Ulysses: Still not dead yet

New Horizons spots Triton

Emily Lakdawalla • March 12, 2009

New Horizons spots Triton

"Status reports" on Mars Odyssey and the Cassini Saturn orbiter

Emily Lakdawalla • March 12, 2009

"Status reports" on Mars Odyssey and the Cassini Saturn orbiter

A first map of Io, revisited

Emily Lakdawalla • March 10, 2009

A first map of Io, revisited

Quick Kepler update

Emily Lakdawalla • March 10, 2009

Quick Kepler update

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter eye candy: HiRISE images Deimos

Emily Lakdawalla • March 09, 2009

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter eye candy: HiRISE images Deimos

Kepler launch is coming soon, and I'm Twittering

Emily Lakdawalla • March 06, 2009

Kepler launch is coming soon, and I'm Twittering

Carnival of Space #93: From our own planet, to exoplanets

Emily Lakdawalla • March 06, 2009

Carnival of Space #93: From our own planet, to exoplanets

What are the rovers up to?

Emily Lakdawalla • March 05, 2009

As usual, troubled Spirit's progress sometimes amounts to only centimeters, while golden child Opportunity has already clocked four kilometers on its trek toward Endeavour.

"On Point" tomorrow at 8 am Pacific (1600 UTC)

Emily Lakdawalla • March 05, 2009

"On Point" tomorrow at 8 am Pacific (1600 UTC)

Update to my S/2008 S1 post: Cassini can fly past it!

Emily Lakdawalla • March 04, 2009

Update to my S/2008 S1 post: Cassini can fly past it!

Rebooting Odyssey

Emily Lakdawalla • March 04, 2009

I just received one of those chillingly-titled missives from JPL: "Mars Odyssey Mission Status Report." The words "Status Report" in a JPL email title almost always mean that something has gone wrong with a spacecraft, but this time it's not as bad as it sounds.

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