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Comet Chasing Probe Ready for Wake-up Call

December 4th, 2013

Rosetta, Europe’s comet chaser is about to get a wake-up call. Early next year — on January 20th — the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft will yawn to life from its 957-day hibernation. For the outbound probe, it’s the beginning of an eventful year. Rosetta will be steadily approaching the comet 67/P Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and will […]

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Comet ISON Sprouts “Coma Wings”

November 19th, 2013

Scientists are reporting that Comet ISON appears to have lost individual fragments in the past days. Images taken of the speedy object show two wing-shaped features in the comet’s atmosphere. The researchers’ analyses show two striking features within the comet’s atmosphere that protrude from the nucleus in a wing-like fashion. While these so-called coma wings […]

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Rosetta’s Wake-up Call

October 11th, 2013

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) deep-sleep spacecraft – Rosetta — is due for a wake-up call in 100 days’ time. Shot into space in early March 2004, the ESA probe is en route to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Rosetta is an orbiter and lander mission, designed to show us more about the role of comets in the […]

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Rosetta Comet Mission: Arrival Next Year!

August 20th, 2013

The en route space probe, the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta, is scheduled to rendezvous with comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko next year, deposit a lander on its surface, and accompany the comet on its way toward the Sun. The ESA mission offers a unique chance to study all phases of the onset of cometary activity from close-up. […]

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New Tool: Mission Trajectory Generator

August 7th, 2013

Plotting a course to those hard-to-reach destinations – say Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, and most comets and asteroids – can now be easier thanks to a NASA technologist offering a “paradigm shift” in charting long-haul missions. Called the Evolutionary Mission Trajectory Generator, or EMTG for short, the tool is the product of Jacob Englander, a technologist […]

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