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Emily Lakdawalla's blogs from 2009

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/04 11:57 CST

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

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Rebooting Odyssey

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/04 11:38 CST

Rebooting Odyssey

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A new moon for Saturn within the G ring

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/03 12:59 CST

A new moon for Saturn within the G ring

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Methane is a greenhouse gas on Pluto, too

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/02 06:38 CST

Methane is a greenhouse gas on Pluto, too

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The Chang'e 1 mission is over

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/03/01 02:26 CST

The Chang'e 1 mission is over

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Mapping Mars, now and in history

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/02/26 04:23 CST

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.

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Summary of Cassini's flybys of Saturn's moons

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/02/25 11:31 CST

Summary of Cassini's flybys of Saturn's moons

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Quick Dawn update: Gravity assist indeed went well

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/02/24 02:39 CST

Quick Dawn update: Gravity assist indeed went well

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Got binoculars? Spot a comet near Saturn tonight

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/02/23 06:32 CST

Got binoculars? Spot a comet near Saturn tonight

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Carnival of Space #91

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/02/23 06:31 CST

Carnival of Space #91

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Looks like the Dawn flyby of Mars went well

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/02/21 11:10 CST

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.

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What do we know about Uranus' moons? Part 2

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/02/19 06:07 CST

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

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Planetary Society Statement on Europa Mission Selection

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/02/18 12:58 CST

Planetary Society Statement on Europa Mission Selection

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Diamond Ring Earthrise

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/02/18 12:46 CST

Diamond Ring Earthrise

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News flash: Jupiter flagship mission selected to launch first

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/02/18 10:29 CST

News flash: Jupiter flagship mission selected to launch first

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LRO has arrived in Florida; LCROSS has shipped

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/02/17 07:57 CST

LRO has arrived in Florida; LCROSS has shipped

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Now THAT's meteorology

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/02/16 01:32 CST

Now THAT's meteorology

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/02/16 09:02 CST

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

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/02/13 09:34 CST

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

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/02/12 03:52 CST

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

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Diagram of on-orbit satellite collision

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/02/12 08:17 CST

Diagram of on-orbit satellite collision

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Two Earth-orbiting satellites collide

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/02/11 09:51 CST

Two Earth-orbiting satellites collide

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Dawn's really feeling Mars now

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/02/11 07:39 CST

Dawn's really feeling Mars now

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Extensions for ESA's missions to Venus and Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/02/10 04:51 CST

Extensions for ESA's missions to Venus and Mars

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/02/09 04:00 CST

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

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New names for gaps in Saturn's rings

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/02/09 01:35 CST

New names for gaps in Saturn's rings

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There's more to the Hayabusa story

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/02/07 06:09 CST

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.

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OpEd: Beyond the Moon

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/02/07 05:43 CST

OpEd: Beyond the Moon

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Vernal dawn is coming to Titan's far north

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/02/05 12:16 CST

Vernal dawn is coming to Titan's far north

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Spirit update: It keeps going

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/02/04 11:04 CST

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.

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Hooray for Hayabusa!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/02/04 07:18 CST

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.

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ANSMET Blogs: Return to civilization

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/02/03 05:49 CST

ANSMET Blogs: Return to civilization

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A pretty new Hubble image of Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/02/02 04:54 CST

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.

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Spirit's not behaving normally -- sometimes

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/28 03:13 CST

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.

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Treasures from Mars' ancient history

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/28 12:06 CST

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

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ANSMET Blogs: Snow ends the season

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/27 01:23 CST

ANSMET Blogs: Snow ends the season

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Saturn and Tethys, in color

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/27 12:33 CST

Saturn and Tethys, in color

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Your friendly neighborhood asteroid

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/26 04:40 CST

Your friendly neighborhood asteroid

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/24 10:33 CST

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."

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The sol 18 shoe dropped today

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/23 05:45 CST

The sol 18 shoe dropped today

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365 Days of Astronomy Podcast: Voyage Past the Sideways Planet

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/23 10:17 CST

365 Days of Astronomy Podcast: Voyage Past the Sideways Planet

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Please send me your questions for Planetary Radio Q and A

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/22 01:46 CST

Please send me your questions for Planetary Radio Q and A

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/22 12:36 CST

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

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What are the rovers up to?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/21 06:48 CST

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

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What do we know about Uranus' moons? Part 1

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/20 06:26 CST

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.

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Asteroids awesomeness

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/20 11:06 CST

Asteroids awesomeness

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Some amateur imaging features

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/19 04:01 CST

Some amateur imaging features

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Mini-SAR: Another Chandrayaan-1 instrument checks in

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/16 03:57 CST

Mini-SAR: Another Chandrayaan-1 instrument checks in

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Methane on Mars varies with the seasons

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/15 03:53 CST

Methane on Mars varies with the seasons

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/14 05:49 CST

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.

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/14 03:53 CST

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

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Stardust flies by Earth today

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/14 02:26 CST

Stardust flies by Earth today

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Where are they now?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/12 12:52 CST

Where are they now?

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On the pronunciation of "Uranus"

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/12 12:14 CST

On the pronunciation of "Uranus"

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One last plea for donations

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/09 06:14 CST

One last plea for donations

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The wind blows rocks on Mars?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/09 06:02 CST

The wind blows rocks on Mars?

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The Santorini panorama

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/08 11:48 CST

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.

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The Antarctic Deep Field Is Not for the Impatient

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/08 09:01 CST

The Antarctic Deep Field Is Not for the Impatient

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Spirit moved!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/07 12:24 CST

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.

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More images and data from Chandrayaan-1

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/07 11:43 CST

More images and data from Chandrayaan-1

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/06 11:57 CST

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.

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Astronomy Cast is broadcasting press conferences from the AAS meeting

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/05 11:59 CST

Astronomy Cast is broadcasting press conferences from the AAS meeting

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Five Years of Spirit on Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/01/02 10:15 CST

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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