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November 27, 2014
Europe sees five possible sites for comet landing
Paris (AFP) Aug 25, 2014
The European Space Agency (ESA) on Monday said it had drawn up a shortlist of five possible sites for carrying out the first-ever landing on a comet. Astronomers have been scrutinising high-definition photos sent back by the Rosetta spacecraft, which rendezvoused with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on August 6 after a 10-year chase through the Solar System. In mid-November, ESA intends to send down a robot laboratory, Philae, which will harpoon itself to the comet's surface and carry out a batt ... read more

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A 3D image shows what it would look like to fly over the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image was generated from data collected by the Rosetta Lander Imaging System (ROLIS) aboard t ... more
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Rosetta continues into its full science phase
With the Philae lander's mission complete, Rosetta will now continue its own extraordinary exploration, orbiting Comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko during the coming year as the enigmatic body arcs ever ... more
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Schker-blop! The sound of a comet touchdown
No trumpet sounded to mark the historic event - instead, it was a hollow, springy plop which heralded last week's landing by the comet probe Philae. ... more
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Comet probe 'sniffed' organic molecules: early data
Mankind's first-ever probe of a comet found traces of organic molecules and a surface much harder than imagined, scientists said Tuesday of initial sample data from robot lab Philae. ... more
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Rosetta Lander Captured Before After Bounce
Images taken by the Rosetta spacecraft's OSIRIS imaging system show the portions of the journey its Philae comet lander undertook on Nov. 12, as it approached and then rebounded off the surface of c ... more
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The Long, Strange Trip To Asteroid Bennu
Born from the rubble of a violent collision, hurled through space for millions of years and dismembered by the gravity of planets, asteroid Bennu had a tough life in a rough neighborhood: the early ... more
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Rosetta: What happens next?
A University of Leicester planetary scientist has hailed the European Space Agency's mission to land a probe on a fast-moving comet as a success despite issues with the landing. Professor Stan ... more
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Philae lander detects organic molecules on comet's surface
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Geologic Maps of Vesta from NASA's Dawn Mission Published
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    European probe lands on comet, fails to anchor
    Europe made history Wednesday by placing the first-ever lander on a comet - but the robot failed to anchor itself properly, raising concerns at ground control. The fridge-sized lab dubbed Phi ... more
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    Despite landing bounce, comet probe working well
    Europe's comet probe Philae was "working well" despite a rough-and-tumble touchdown that left it partly shadowed from battery-boosting sunlight, ground controllers said Thursday. ... more
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    Probe separates from orbiter, heads to comet: ESA
    The European probe Philae on Wednesday was on course to make the first-ever landing on a comet after separating from its mother ship, mission control said. Philae ejected at around 0835 GMT, s ... more
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    European Spacecraft Set to Harpoon a Comet Tomorrow
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