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April 16, 2015
Scientists hold breath for comet lander to wake
Vienna (AFP) April 14, 2015
Europe's comet lander Philae has remained obstinately silent since a new bid was launched to communicate with it, mission chiefs said Tuesday, but chances for contact were improving daily. Philae's orbiting mothership Rosetta reopened communications lines on Sunday to listen for any call from the little robot, project manager Stephan Ulamec told reporters at a meeting of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) in Vienna. "At the moment the orbiter is in listening mode again," he said. "We are w ... read more

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Since its capture by the gravity of dwarf planet Ceres on March 6, NASA's Dawn spacecraft has performed flawlessly, continuing to thrust with its ion engine as planned. The thrust, combined with Cer ... more
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Dawn orbiting high over the night side of Ceres
Now orbiting high over the night side of a dwarf planet far from Earth, Dawn arrived at its new permanent residence on March 6. Ceres welcomed the newcomer from Earth with a gentle but firm gravitat ... more
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NASA Releases Tool Enabling Citizen Scientists to Examine Asteroid Vesta
NASA has announced the release of Vesta Trek, a free, web-based application that provides detailed visualizations of Vesta, one of the largest asteroids in our solar system. NASA's Dawn spacec ... more
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Scary times for Europe's comet-chaser Rosetta
Europe's pioneering probe Rosetta battled breakdowns with navigation and communication with Earth after it ran into blasts of dust and gas from the comet it is tracking, mission control said Thursday. ... more
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OSIRIS-REx Mission Passes Critical Milestone
NASA's groundbreaking science mission to retrieve a sample from an ancient space rock has moved closer to fruition. The Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Expl ... more
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NASA plans to bring boulder into moon orbit
NASA plans to launch a craft to capture a boulder from a nearby asteroid and move it into orbit around the Earth's moon for exploration by astronauts, the space agency said Wednesday. ... more
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Next Steps on Journey to Mars: Progress on Asteroid Initiative
NASA Wednesday announced more details in its plan for its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), which in the mid-2020s will test a number of new capabilities needed for future human expeditions to deep s ... more
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Comet 67P's Speed of Rotation Shows Signs of Slowing Down
Scientists have said that Comet 67P, which is being monitored by Europe's Rosetta satellite, has started to slow down. Comet 67P, which is being monitored by the European Space Agency's Rosetta sate ... more
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Rosetta makes first detection of molecular nitrogen at a comet
ESA's Rosetta spacecraft has made the first measurement of molecular nitrogen at a comet, providing clues about the temperature environment in which Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko formed. Ros ... more
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Unusual Asteroid Suspected of Spinning to Explosion
A team led by astronomers from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, recently used the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii to observe and measure a rare class of "active asteroids" that sponta ... more
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Chilly Philae still slumbering, says comet mission
European space managers Friday ended an eight-day vigil for a wakeup call from the robot lander Philae, but remained hopeful the scout will revive as it rides on a comet nearing the Sun. ... more
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Other Asteroids Contributed Elusive Olivine to Vesta
Olivine should be one of the most abundant minerals on asteroid Vesta, but it remains elusive. Scientists working on NASA's Dawn mission to Vesta were initially thrilled to find few scattered remain ... more
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Rosetta: OSIRIS detects hints of ice in the comet's neck
The Hapi region on the neck of Rosetta's comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko reflects red light less effectively than most other regions on the comet. It thus appears slightly blueish. The Hapi region i ... more
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Desktop App has potential to increase asteroid detection
A software application based on an algorithm created by a NASA challenge has the potential to increase the number of new asteroid discoveries by amateur astronomers. Analysis of images taken of our ... more
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A second minor planet may possess Saturn-like rings
There are only five bodies in our solar system that are known to bear rings. The most obvious is the planet Saturn; to a lesser extent, rings of gas and dust also encircle Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptu ... more
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Comet mission in bid to contact dormant Philae probe
Ground controllers will open a communications line Thursday with a robot lab perched on a comet zipping through space, hoping for signs it is alive, the European Space Agency (ESA) said Wednesday. ... more
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    Scientists Will Try to Contact the Comet Lander on March 12
    Scientists from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) will make the first attempt to contact the stranded comet lander Philae on Thursday Mar. 12. "The first attempt will take place already this week, o ... more
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    Dawn: We Have Arrived at Ceres
    Since its discovery in 1801, Ceres has been known as a planet, then as an asteroid, and later as a dwarf planet. Now, after a journey of 3.1 billion miles (4.9 billion kilometers) and 7.5 years, Daw ... more
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    Ceres' mysterious existence has long puzzled scientists
    In less than two days, NASA will provide the closest ever view of a dwarf planet in between Mars and Jupiter that has mesmerized, puzzled and tantalized astronomers for more than two centuries. ... more
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    Subaru Telescope Observes Rapid Changes in a Comet's Plasma Tail
    Images from a December 2013 observation of the comet C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy) (Note 1) reveal clear details about rapidly changing activity in that comet's plasma tail. To get this image, astronomers use ... more
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    Bright lights on dwarf planet perplex NASA as probe nears
    The discovery of another bright light on the dwarf planet Ceres has NASA scientists perplexed as the US Dawn probe prepares to enter the orbit of the largest object in the asteroid belt and possibly resolve the mystery. ... more
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    Comet flyby: OSIRIS catches glimpse of Rosetta's shadow
    Images from the OSIRIS scientific imaging camera taken during the close flyby on 14 February have now been downlinked to Earth, revealing the surface of Comet 67P/C-G in unprecedented detail, and in ... more
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    NASA space probe 'Dawn' enters orbit of dwarf planet
    The US space probe Dawn began orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres on Friday on a voyage of discovery into the solar system's main asteroid belt, where it will collect a trove of data and photos, NASA said. ... more
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