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By Emily Lakdawalla on February 16, 2009 in

Date: February 16,2009 Title: Steering by the Planets Podcaster: Emily Lakdawalla Organization: The Planetary Society Description: Tomorrow, the Dawn spacecraft will pass close to Mars for a gravity-assist flyby. Gravity assists are one of the most important and under appreciated tools in space exploration. Without them, we wouldn’t have nearly as many spacecraft exploring nearly […]

By Jim Bell on January 24, 2009 in

Date:  January 24, 2009 Title:  Five Years of Living Vicariously on Mars Podcaster:  Jim Bell, Astronomer and Planetary Scientist from Cornell University, lead scientist for the Mars Exploration Rover “Pancam” color imaging investigation, and President of The Planetary Society Description:   The Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity have been actively exploring the Red Planet for […]

By Doug Ellison on January 19, 2009 in

Date:  January 19, 2009 Title:  Bootleg Postcards — Armchair Astronauts Exploring the Solar System Podcaster:  Doug Ellison Organization: Description:  Imagery from robotic spacecraft is often put onto the web in near-real time.  A community of enthusiastic amateurs has grown around this imagery.  Doug Ellison discusses their efforts, results, and the opportunities beginning to open […]

By Emily Lakdawalla on January 3, 2009 in

Date:  January 3, 2009 Title:  Five Years of Spirit on Mars Podcaster:  Emily Lakdawalla, from the Planetary Society Description:   The Mars Exploration Rover Spirit has been operating on Mars for an amazing five years as of today.  The robotic geologist has lived twenty times as long as its guarantee, driven up and down mountains, and […]