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July 24, 2014
Comet ISON's Dramatic Final Hours
Paris (ESA) Jul 23, 2014
A new analysis of data from the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft has revealed that comet 2012/S1 (ISON) stopped producing dust and gas shortly before it raced past the Sun and disintegrated. When comet ISON was discovered in the autumn of 2012, astronomers hoped that it would eventually light up the night sky to become a "comet of the century". Orbital analysis showed that the sungrazing intruder from the outer reaches of the Solar System would pass only 1.2 million ki ... read more

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Probe is headed for duck-shaped comet, images show
New images reveal that the deep-space comet on which mankind plans to land a probe later this year, has an "extraordinarily irregular", duck-like shape, the European Space Agency (ESA) said Thursday. ... more
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Twin comets discovered by ESA space probe Rosetta
The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe has been gearing up to attempt a comet landing. Recently, the craft discovered something surprising about its intended target, Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. ... more
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Burning down to Rosetta comet rendezvous
It's burn week in space again, and Wednesday, 2 July, marks the start of a fresh set of four orbit correction manoeuvres (OCMs), referred to as the "Far Approach Trajectory" burns. These will be som ... more
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Deep in the main asteroid belt
Deep in the main asteroid belt, between Mars and Jupiter, far from Earth, far from the sun, far now even from the giant protoplanet Vesta that it orbited for 14 months, Dawn flies with its sights se ... more
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Comet Pan-STARRS Marches Across the Sky
NASA's NEOWISE mission captured a series of pictures of comet C/2012 K1 - also known as comet Pan-STARRS - as it swept across our skies in May 2014. The comet is named after the astronomical surve ... more
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Rosetta's comet 'sweats' two glasses of water a second
ESA's Rosetta spacecraft has found that comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is releasing the equivalent of two small glasses of water into space every second, even at a cold 583 million kilometres from ... more
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Distant comet 'sweats' two glasses of water per second
Unprecedented measurement of a deep-space comet has found the icy body to be losing about two small glasses of water every second, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Monday. ... more
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Computing Paths to Asteroids Helps Find Future Exploration Opportunities
As left over building blocks of the solar system's formation, asteroids are of significant interest to scientists. Resources, especially water, embedded within asteroids could be of use to astronaut ... more
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New NASA Model Gives Glimpse into the Invisible World of Electric Asteroids
Space may appear empty - a soundless vacuum, but it's not an absolute void. It flows with electric activity that is not visible to our eyes. NASA is developing plans to send humans to an asteroid, ... more
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Spitzer Spies an Odd, Tiny Asteroid
Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have measured the size of an asteroid candidate for NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), a proposed spacecraft concept to capture either a small a ... more
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Rosetta's comet: expect the unexpected
An image snapped earlier this month by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft shows its target comet has quietened, demonstrating the unpredictable nature of these enigmatic objects. The picture was captured on 4 ... more
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NASA's Swift Satellite Tallies Water Production of Mars-bound Comet
In late May, NASA's Swift satellite imaged comet Siding Spring, which will brush astonishingly close to Mars later this year. These optical and ultraviolet observations are the first to reveal how r ... more
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NASA Announces Latest Progress in Hunt for Asteroids
NASA is on the hunt for an asteroid to capture with a robotic spacecraft, redirect to a stable orbit around the moon, and send astronauts to study in the 2020s - all on the agency's human Path to M ... more
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The Role Of Amateur Astronomers In Rosetta's Mission
Amateur astronomers play an important role in observational campaigns of almost every celestial object in the sky, but especially so in the area of comets. Given that some comets might be making the ... more
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Giant Telescopes Pair Up to Image Near-Earth Asteroid
NASA scientists using Earth-based radar have produced sharp views of a recently discovered asteroid as it slid silently past our planet. Captured on June 8, 2014, the new views of the object designa ... more
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NASA Instruments on Rosetta Start Comet Science
Three NASA science instruments aboard the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft, which is set to become the first to orbit a comet and land a probe on its nucleus, are beginning observati ... more
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    Asteroid Discovered by NASA to Pass Earth Safely
    A newfound asteroid will safely pass Earth on June 8 from a distance of about 777,000 miles (1.25 million kilometers), more than three times farther away than our moon. Designated 2014 HQ124, the as ... more
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    Massive Beast asteroid to have close call with Earth
    The so-called Beast asteroid is expected to miss Earth by about 777,000 miles, which is a good thing because the 1,100-foot wide behemoth could do serious damage. ... more
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    To Catch a Comet by the Tail
    The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft has been traveling for a decade to meet comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (C-G). Rosetta is expected to finally catch up with C-G in August. Then in Nove ... more
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    NASA aims to land on, capture asteroids within next 15 years
    NASA researchers are at work developing a plan that not only hopes to physically place astronauts on an asteroid for the first time, but also to wrangle a space object and place it in the orbit of t ... more
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    Rosetta's target comet is becoming active
    The target of ESA's Rosetta mission has started to reveal its true personality as a comet, its dusty veil clearly developing over the last six weeks. The sequence of images presented here of comet 6 ... more
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    NASA Astronauts Go Underwater to Test Tools for a Mission to an Asteroid
    NASA is planning to send astronauts to an asteroid in the 2020s, and preparations are already being made. Stan Love and Steve Bowen have between them spent more than 62 hours in the vacuum of ... more
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    25-foot asteroid comes within 186,000 miles of Earth
    A 25-foot asteroid passed between Earth and the moon over the weekend, coming within 186,000 miles of Earth's surface. On average, the moon's orbit is 238,855 miles from Earth. ... more
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    Less than a year from its Ceres rendezvous
    Less than a year from its rendezvous with dwarf planet Ceres, Dawn is continuing to make excellent progress on its ambitious interplanetary adventure. The only vessel from Earth ever to take up resi ... more
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