Comets

Rosetta Now Up Close to Comet 67P – Snapping Mapping Mosaics for Momentous Philae Landing

by Ken Kremer September 1, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter ESA’s Rosetta orbiter has now moved in so close to its comet quarry that the primordial body overwhelms the screen, and thus its snapping mapping mosaics to capture the complete scene of the bizarre world so it can find the most […]

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Caterpillar Comet Poses for Pictures En Route to Mars

by Bob King August 30, 2014

Now that’s pure gorgeous. As Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring sidles towards its October 19th encounter with Mars, it’s passing a trio of sumptuous deep sky objects near the south celestial pole this week. Astrophotographers weren’t going to let the comet’s picturesque alignments pass without notice. Remove this ad

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Rosetta’s Comet Looms In The Dark In Close-Up Spacecraft Shot

by Elizabeth Howell August 27, 2014

Wow! Rosetta is getting ever-closer to its target comet by the day. This navigation camera shot from Aug. 23 shows that the spacecraft is so close to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko that it’s difficult to fit the entire 2.5-mile (four-kilometer) comet in a single frame. As the European Space Agency explained, the way that Rosetta is taking […]

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5 Landing Site Candidates Selected for Rosetta’s Historic Philae Comet Lander

by Ken Kremer August 25, 2014

The ‘Top 5’ landing site candidates have been chosen for the Rosetta orbiters piggybacked Philae lander for humankind’s first attempt to land on a comet. See graphics above and below. The potential touchdown sites were announce today, Aug. 25, based on high resolution measurements collected by ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft over the past two weeks since […]

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Rosetta Moving Closer to Comet 67P Hunting for Philae Landing Site

by Ken Kremer August 21, 2014

Animation Caption: Possible landing sites on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The model shows the illumination of the comets surface and regions under landing site consideration for the Philae lander on board ESA’s Rosetta spececraft . Credit: CNES “The race is on” to find a safe and scientifically interesting landing site for the Philae lander piggybacked on ESA’s […]

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