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Emily Lakdawalla's blogs from 2009

A new moon for Saturn within the G ring

Emily Lakdawalla • March 03, 2009

A new moon for Saturn within the G ring

Methane is a greenhouse gas on Pluto, too

Emily Lakdawalla • March 02, 2009

Methane is a greenhouse gas on Pluto, too

The Chang'e 1 mission is over

Emily Lakdawalla • March 01, 2009

The Chang'e 1 mission is over

Mapping Mars, now and in history

Emily Lakdawalla • February 26, 2009

Planetary cartographer Phil Stooke has been working on a cool project to compose and compare maps of Mars that show how we saw the planet throughout the Space Age.

Summary of Cassini's flybys of Saturn's moons

Emily Lakdawalla • February 25, 2009

Summary of Cassini's flybys of Saturn's moons

Quick Dawn update: Gravity assist indeed went well

Emily Lakdawalla • February 24, 2009

Quick Dawn update: Gravity assist indeed went well

Got binoculars? Spot a comet near Saturn tonight

Emily Lakdawalla • February 23, 2009

Got binoculars? Spot a comet near Saturn tonight

Carnival of Space #91

Emily Lakdawalla • February 23, 2009

Carnival of Space #91

Looks like the Dawn flyby of Mars went well

Emily Lakdawalla • February 21, 2009

Looks like the Dawn flyby of Mars went well: here' a photo of Mars taken by Dawn near its closest approach to Mars during its February 17 flyby.

What do we know about Uranus' moons? Part 2

Emily Lakdawalla • February 19, 2009

Here is every single image of the last two moons discovered prior to the Voyager 2 encounter, Titania and Umbriel.

Planetary Society Statement on Europa Mission Selection

Emily Lakdawalla • February 18, 2009

Planetary Society Statement on Europa Mission Selection

Diamond Ring Earthrise

Emily Lakdawalla • February 18, 2009

Diamond Ring Earthrise

News flash: Jupiter flagship mission selected to launch first

Emily Lakdawalla • February 18, 2009

News flash: Jupiter flagship mission selected to launch first

LRO has arrived in Florida; LCROSS has shipped

Emily Lakdawalla • February 17, 2009

LRO has arrived in Florida; LCROSS has shipped

Now THAT's meteorology

Emily Lakdawalla • February 16, 2009

Now THAT's meteorology

LOTS of analysis of the flagship mission options - Europa or Titan?

Emily Lakdawalla • February 16, 2009

LOTS of analysis of the flagship mission options - Europa or Titan?

Lunar missions: the start of an ending for one, the start of a beginning for another

Emily Lakdawalla • February 13, 2009

Lunar missions: the start of an ending for one, the start of a beginning for another

Jupiter may have a "super-Earth" at its center

Emily Lakdawalla • February 12, 2009

Jupiter may have a "super-Earth" at its center

Diagram of on-orbit satellite collision

Emily Lakdawalla • February 12, 2009

Diagram of on-orbit satellite collision

Two Earth-orbiting satellites collide

Emily Lakdawalla • February 11, 2009

Two Earth-orbiting satellites collide

Dawn's really feeling Mars now

Emily Lakdawalla • February 11, 2009

Dawn's really feeling Mars now

Extensions for ESA's missions to Venus and Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • February 10, 2009

Extensions for ESA's missions to Venus and Mars

Catching up on some news: LPSC, MESSENGER at perihelion, Google Mars, Okina impact

Emily Lakdawalla • February 09, 2009

Catching up on some news: LPSC, MESSENGER at perihelion, Google Mars, Okina impact

New names for gaps in Saturn's rings

Emily Lakdawalla • February 09, 2009

New names for gaps in Saturn's rings

There's more to the Hayabusa story

Emily Lakdawalla • February 07, 2009

After posting my brief "Hooray for Hayabusa" note on Thursday I got an email from the Japanese blogger "5thstar," telling me that there was more to Hayabusa's story.

OpEd: Beyond the Moon

Emily Lakdawalla • February 07, 2009

OpEd: Beyond the Moon

Vernal dawn is coming to Titan's far north

Emily Lakdawalla • February 05, 2009

Vernal dawn is coming to Titan's far north

Spirit update: It keeps going

Emily Lakdawalla • February 04, 2009

There have been a couple more releases from JPL in recent days updating the slightly worrisome announcement about Spirit that came out on January 28.

Hooray for Hayabusa!

Emily Lakdawalla • February 04, 2009

According to JAXA (the Japanese space agency), poor little Hayabusa has successfully restarted its ion engine and has resumed powered flight today. Hooray! This is good news for Hayabusa's eventual return to Earth.

ANSMET Blogs: Return to civilization

Emily Lakdawalla • February 03, 2009

ANSMET Blogs: Return to civilization

A pretty new Hubble image of Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • February 02, 2009

A set of Mars image data taken by the Hubble Space Telescope a year ago was just released to Hubble's data archive. It was captured by Hubble's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 on January 30, 2008 when Mars was about 115 million kilometers from Earth.

Spirit's not behaving normally -- sometimes

Emily Lakdawalla • January 28, 2009

Rather than try to interpret what's going on, I'm just going to repost in full a "rover mission status report" (always an ominous subject heading) I just received from the JPL media relations office. I'll post updates when any are available.

Treasures from Mars' ancient history

Emily Lakdawalla • January 28, 2009

In which I discover Earl Slipher's Mars: The Photographic Story.

ANSMET Blogs: Snow ends the season

Emily Lakdawalla • January 27, 2009

ANSMET Blogs: Snow ends the season

Saturn and Tethys, in color

Emily Lakdawalla • January 27, 2009

Saturn and Tethys, in color

Your friendly neighborhood asteroid

Emily Lakdawalla • January 26, 2009

Your friendly neighborhood asteroid

365 Days of Astronomy Podcast: Five Years of Living Vicariously on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • January 24, 2009

Next in The Planetary Society's 365 Days of Astronomy doubleheader is Planetary Society President Jim Bell, whose show, airing today, is on "Five Years of Living Vicariously on Mars."

The sol 18 shoe dropped today

Emily Lakdawalla • January 23, 2009

The sol 18 shoe dropped today

365 Days of Astronomy Podcast: Voyage Past the Sideways Planet

Emily Lakdawalla • January 23, 2009

365 Days of Astronomy Podcast: Voyage Past the Sideways Planet

Please send me your questions for Planetary Radio Q and A

Emily Lakdawalla • January 22, 2009

Please send me your questions for Planetary Radio Q and A

ANSMET blogs: So close to the 500-meteorite mark...

Emily Lakdawalla • January 22, 2009

ANSMET blogs: So close to the 500-meteorite mark...

What are the rovers up to?

Emily Lakdawalla • January 21, 2009

Spirit's been getting some nice views of the spot it spent all of 2008 in, "Home Plate north." Meanwhile, Opportunity is motoring along.

What do we know about Uranus' moons? Part 1

Emily Lakdawalla • January 20, 2009

I got an urge to dive in to the Voyager image archives and see what exactly we have here on Earth to base our understanding of the Uranian moons on.

Asteroids awesomeness

Emily Lakdawalla • January 20, 2009

Asteroids awesomeness

Some amateur imaging features

Emily Lakdawalla • January 19, 2009

Some amateur imaging features

Mini-SAR: Another Chandrayaan-1 instrument checks in

Emily Lakdawalla • January 16, 2009

Mini-SAR: Another Chandrayaan-1 instrument checks in

Methane on Mars varies with the seasons

Emily Lakdawalla • January 15, 2009

Methane on Mars varies with the seasons

Some events for the 5th anniversary of Spirit and Opportunity's landing on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • January 14, 2009

Tonight at the Boston Court Performing Arts Center in Pasadena, Jim Bell and Bill Nye will be celebrating the 5th anniversary of the landing of the rovers; Jim will be showing lots of pretty 3D pictures.

2008 - the Year in Pictures - Now a wall calendar!

Emily Lakdawalla • January 14, 2009

2008 - the Year in Pictures - Now a wall calendar!

Stardust flies by Earth today

Emily Lakdawalla • January 14, 2009

Stardust flies by Earth today

Where are they now?

Emily Lakdawalla • January 12, 2009

Where are they now?

On the pronunciation of "Uranus"

Emily Lakdawalla • January 12, 2009

On the pronunciation of "Uranus"

One last plea for donations

Emily Lakdawalla • January 09, 2009

One last plea for donations

The wind blows rocks on Mars?

Emily Lakdawalla • January 09, 2009

The wind blows rocks on Mars?

The Santorini panorama

Emily Lakdawalla • January 08, 2009

A tip of the hat to Ryan over at Martian Chronicles for posting this lovely version of the Santorini panorama, which Opportunity captured just before Mars dipped too close to the Sun in late November of last year.

The Antarctic Deep Field Is Not for the Impatient

Emily Lakdawalla • January 08, 2009

The Antarctic Deep Field Is Not for the Impatient

Spirit moved!

Emily Lakdawalla • January 07, 2009

Hallelujah! For the first time in almost an Earth year, amateur mars mapper Eduardo Tesheiner is able to scratch a tiny little line on his map of the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's peregrinations across Gusev Crater.

More images and data from Chandrayaan-1

Emily Lakdawalla • January 07, 2009

More images and data from Chandrayaan-1

I am totally hooked on Scott Maxwell's new Mars Exploration Rover blog

Emily Lakdawalla • January 06, 2009

Scott Maxwell is one of those many guys (and gals) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory who rarely gets his name in the news but who is absolutely indispensable to the success of a space mission. I don't know what his official title is, but whatever it is, it's not as good as the colloquial name given to his position: Rover Driver.

Astronomy Cast is broadcasting press conferences from the AAS meeting

Emily Lakdawalla • January 05, 2009

Astronomy Cast is broadcasting press conferences from the AAS meeting

Five Years of Spirit on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • January 02, 2009

On January 3, 2004, the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit landed on Mars, and I was with the science team at JPL when it happened! I can't believe it's been five years since the successful landing.

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