Missions

Here’s Your Chance To Send A Message To An Asteroid

by Elizabeth Howell September 2, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter What’s your vision for solar system exploration? And how cool would it be to send it literally into the solar system? NASA is offering its fans the chance to compose a tweet or send a picture showing how we can step […]

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25 Days from Mars – India’s MOM is in Good Health!

by Ken Kremer August 31, 2014

Now less than 25 days from her history making rendezvous with the Red Planet and the critical Mars Orbital Insertion (MOI) engine firing, India’s MOM is in good health! The Mars Orbiter Mission, or MOM, counts as India’s first interplanetary voyager and the nation’s first manmade object to orbit the 4th rock from our Sun […]

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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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How A Comet-Chasing Spacecraft ‘Likely’ Brought Interstellar Dust Back To Earth

by Elizabeth Howell August 14, 2014

If the scientists are right, a NASA spacecraft brought stuff from outside the solar system back to Earth. The Stardust spacecraft, which was originally tasked with chasing after Comet Wild 2, brought our planet seven grains that look fluffier than expected. While the scientists say that more tests are needed to determine these particles originated […]

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Coma Dust Collection Science starts for Rosetta at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

by Ken Kremer August 11, 2014

With the historic arrival of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft at destination Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko flawlessly accomplished on August 6, 2014 after a decade long journey, ground breaking up close science at this bizarre world has begun while the team diligently and simultaneously searches for a landing site for the attached Philae comet lander. […]

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