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What's up in the solar system in March 2011

Emily Lakdawalla • February 28, 2011

I don't think there's any question what the big event of this month will be: MESSENGER is finally, finally entering orbit at Mercury on March 18 at 00:45 UTC (March 17 at 16:45 for me).

Door 18 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 18, 2010

Time to open the eighteenth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this brush-stroked surface?

Door 9 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 09, 2010

Time to open the ninth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this jumble of boulders and fissures?

What's the significance of this unremarkable spot on the Moon?

Emily Lakdawalla • November 29, 2010

This was a fun image released by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera science team. Take a look at it and see if you can figure out what the significance of the red arrow is.

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter press briefing: silicic volcanoes on the Moon

Emily Lakdawalla • September 16, 2010

I'm listening to a press briefing from several members of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter science team, regarding three papers published today in Science.

Two natural bridges on the Moon (now with 3D!)

Emily Lakdawalla • September 07, 2010

Imagine this landscape: you're walking across an unusually smooth lunar surface, an impact melt sheet on the floor of a relatively recently formed crater.

New crater found in LROC image from the Moon

Emily Lakdawalla • July 27, 2010

This news is no surprise, but I think it's the first such discovery I've heard of: the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) team has identified a new crater on the Moon, one that wasn't there when Apollo 15 flew over.

A bull's eye on the Moon

Emily Lakdawalla • July 16, 2010

Orientale is the youngest large impact basin on the Moon, which means that very little of it has been obliterated by later impacts.

Elephant Skin on the Moon

Emily Lakdawalla • June 28, 2010

There's a name for that funny hummocky texture to the lunar landscape: "elephant skin."

Is this SMART-1's impact site?

Emily Lakdawalla • June 15, 2010

Speaking of spacecraft crashing...

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