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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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Comet ISON Bubbles, Reveals Secrets of Early Solar System

July 24th, 2013

Though more than three million miles distant, Comet ISON, also known as the “soda pop” comet, is putting on quite a show for the planet’s best equipped observatories. The active comet is headed heads towards a close encounter with the sun in late November and will perhaps creates quite a spectacle in the night skies […]

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Second NASA Curiosity Mission Would Seek Evidence of Past Life on Mars

July 11th, 2013

NASA is refining plans for a second SUV-sized Curiosity rover mission to Mars in 2020 that would search for evidence of past biological activity, a potential international enterprise whose results may address the prospects for life elsewhere in the solar system and perhaps beyond. A 19-member Science Definition Team selected by NASA earlier this year […]

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