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October 24, 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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MAVEN Studies Passing Comet and Its Effects
NASA's newest orbiter at Mars, MAVEN, took precautions to avoid harm from a dust-spewing comet that flew near Mars today and is studying the flyby's effects on the Red Planet's atmosphere. The ... more
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Rare comet fly-by of Mars on Sunday
A fast-moving comet is about to fly by Mars for a one-in-a-million-year encounter with the Red Planet, photographed and documented by a flurry of spacecraft, NASA said. ... more
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ESA confirms the primary landing site for Rosetta
ESA has given the green light for its Rosetta mission to deliver its lander, Philae, to the primary site on 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 12 November, in the first-ever attempt at a soft touchdown on ... more
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Rosetta Selflessly Beams Back Comet Selfie
A camera aboard the European Space Agency's Philae lander snapped this "selfie" of one of the Rosetta spacecraft's 52-foot-long (16-meter) solar arrays, with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko hovering ... more
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Europe gives green light for comet landing site
The European Space Agency (ESA) confirmed Wednesday its choice of the site for a historic unmanned landing next month on a comet in deep space. ... more
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Zooming in on 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko
The European Space Agency (ESA) has posted new and impressive images of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on the Rosetta blog. The images were returned by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft, which arrived a ... more
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NASA Prepares its Science Fleet for Oct. 19 Mars Comet Encounter
NASA's extensive fleet of science assets, particularly those orbiting and roving Mars, have front row seats to image and study a once-in-a-lifetime comet flyby on Sunday, Oct. 19. Comet C/2013 A1, a ... more
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UA Planetary Scientists, Japanese to Trade Hard-Rock Stories
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Lutetia's dark side hosts hidden crater
Grooves found on Lutetia, an asteroid encountered by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft, point to the existence of a large impact crater on the unseen side of the rocky world. Rosetta flew past Lutetia at a d ... more
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Living on the Edge: Rosetta's Lander Philae Is Set to Take the Plunge
This is a very exciting time for space science in general and for the Rosetta spacecraft in particular. A little more than a month after arriving at comet 7P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Rosetta has mappe ... more
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Space agency sets Nov 12 date for comet landing
Europe's Rosetta spacecraft will attempt on November 12 to land a robot lab on a comet hurtling through deep space in a first for humankind, a statement said Friday. ... more
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Asteroid named for University of Utah makes public debut
What's rocky, about a mile wide, orbits between Mars and Jupiter and poses no threat to Earth? An asteroid named "Univofutah" after the University of Utah. Discovered on Sept. 8, 2008, by long ... more
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Dawn Operating Normally After Safe Mode Triggered
The Dawn spacecraft has resumed normal ion thrusting after the thrusting unexpectedly stopped and the spacecraft entered safe mode on September 11. That anomaly occurred shortly before a planned com ... more
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'J' marks the spot for Rosetta's lander
Rosetta's lander Philae will target Site J, an intriguing region on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko that offers unique scientific potential, with hints of activity nearby, and minimum risk to the la ... more
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'J' marks the spot for historic comet landing
The European Space Agency on Monday unveiled the spot on a comet in deep space where it will attempt a high-stakes landing in November, a first for humankind. ... more
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A Map of Rosetta's Comet
High-resolution images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko reveal a unique, multifaceted world. ESA's Rosetta spacecraft arrived at its destination about a month ago and is currently accompanying the ... more
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    Comet to pass Earth close enough for binoculars
    For those of us who are interested in astronomy but don't have the equipment to really take a peer into space, there will be an interesting opportunity this week. A comet named "Comet Jacques" will be passing Earth close enough to be viewed by binoculars. The people at the Southern Observatory for Near Earth Astroids Research (SONEAR) in Brazil saw the comet months ago with their high tech equipment, but now you can see it with something many people only use for looking at birds. ... more
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    Small Asteroid to Safely Pass Close to Earth Sunday
    A small asteroid, designated 2014 RC, will safely pass very close to Earth on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. At the time of closest approach, based on current calculations to be about 2:18 p.m. EDT (11:18 a ... more
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    Surface level ultraviolet spectra of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko obtained
    NASA's Alice ultraviolet (UV) spectrograph aboard the European Space Agency's Rosetta comet orbiter has delivered its first scientific discoveries. Rosetta, in orbit around comet 67P/Churyumov-Geras ... more
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    Historic comet landing site to be unveiled on Sept 15
    The European Space Agency (ESA) will on September 15 unveil which of five possible sites it has chosen for the first-ever landing of a probe from Earth on a comet, it said Thursday. ... more
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    NASA Invites Public to Submit Messages for Asteroid Mission Time Capsule
    NASA is inviting the worldwide public to submit short messages and images on social media that could be placed in a time capsule aboard a spacecraft launching to an asteroid in 2016. Called th ... more
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    Japan space agency unveils asteroid hunting probe
    Japanese space scientists have unveiled the asteroid hunting space probe they hope to launch later this year on a mission to mine a celestial body. ... more
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    NASA's Spitzer Telescope Witnesses Asteroid Smashup
    NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids. This type of collision can eventually lead to the format ... more
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