Space & Planetary Science: September 2005 Archives

Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) Meeting

"Who should attend? Participation is open to all scientists/engineers involved in Mars exploration, including international colleagues. Since this is a 'working' meeting, it is not open to members of the press, however, if there is interest we can make people available for interviews afterwards."

Editor's earlier note: Once again NASA seeks to hide discussions about its Mars exploration program behind closed doors.

Editor's update: If you check today's external webcam image you'll see that the greenhouse and HMP base camp was visited once again by what seems to be a mother polar bear and at least one cub. The last visit was on/around 15/16 September. The following images from yesterday and earlier this month show the original tracks - and the new ones - quite clearly.

Moons and Rings

NASA Cassini Image: Tethys, Dione, and Saturn's Rings

"This image was taken on September 22, 2005 and received on Earth September 23, 2005. The camera was pointing toward Tethys (and Dione) at approximately 1,495,564 kilometers away."

- NASA Cassini Image: Dione and Saturn's Rings (close-up)
- NASA Cassini Image: Dione and Saturn's Rings

Mars Flyby?

Editor's note: Looks like Stardust is about to do a Mars flyby (Thanks Roger!)

NASA Announces Media Teleconference for Mars Discoveries

"NASA's Mars Global Survey orbiter has observed some interesting changes at Mars. Researchers will announce and discuss the discoveries at a listen-and-logon news briefing at 1 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 20"

Editor's update: A NASA Watch reader came across some odd information on the NASA TV webpage concerning this press event - information which suddenly disappeared.

Hayabusa arrives at Itokawa, starts hovering operations, JAXA

"During its approach to rendezvous, the visible imager carried by Hayabusa succeeded in taking multi-band filter photographs of Itokawa, as the asteroid rotated. This press release contains the resulting synthesized pseudo-color image and a series of rotation pictures of Itokawa."

Asteroid Encounter Underway

Hayabusa Hovers Near Asteroid Itokawa, JAXA

"Hayabusa arrived in the vicinity of asteroid Itokawa on 10:00 am, 12 Sep JST. Hayabusa now hovers around 20 kilometers away from Itokawa. The photo shows the contrast of rocky and hilly regions and a smooth area, which may suggest the origin of this asteroid."

Splendid Mars Vistas

NASA's Durable Spirit Sends Intriguing New Images From Mars

"Working atop a range of Martian hills, NASA's Spirit rover is rewarding researchers with tempting scenes filled with evidence of past planet environments. "When the images came down and we could see horizon all the way around, that was every bit as exhilarating as getting to the top of any mountain I've climbed on Earth," said Chris Leger, a rover planner at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif."


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