Comets

Comet’s Head Selected as Landing Site for Rosetta’s Historic Philae Lander

by Ken Kremer September 15, 2014

The ‘head’ of the bizarre comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has been selected as the primary landing site for the Rosetta spacecraft’s attached Philae lander, attempting mankind’s first ever landing on a comet in mid-November. Scientists leading the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission announced the primary landing site at a media briefing today, Sept. 15, at ESA headquarters. […]

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Rosetta Captures Breathtaking Comet Views Advancing Landing Site Selection

by Ken Kremer September 8, 2014

The Rosetta spacecraft is capturing ever more breathtaking views of its target comet that are significantly advancing landing site selection for the history making touchdown on the bizarre worlds nucleus by the attached Philae lander. Today ESA released the latest high resolution images of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken by the OSIRIS science camera on Sept. 5, […]

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MAVEN Mars Orbiter Ideally Poised to Uniquely Map Comet Siding Spring Composition – Exclusive Interview with Principal Investigator Bruce Jakosky

by Ken Kremer September 5, 2014

NASA’s MAVEN Mars Orbiter is “ideally” instrumented to uniquely “map the composition of Comet Siding Spring” in great detail when it streaks past the Red Planet during an extremely close flyby on Oct. 19, 2014 – thereby providing a totally “unexpected science opportunity … and a before and after look at Mars atmosphere,” Prof. Bruce […]

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What Comets, Parking Lots and Charcoal Have in Common

by Bob King September 5, 2014

All the pictures we’ve seen of Rosetta’s target comet 67P/C-G show it reflecting brightly against the background of outer space. And well they should. Space is black as night. But if we were to see the comet against a more familiar earthly backdrop, we’d be shocked by its appearance. Instead of icy white, Rosetta’s would […]

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

by Ken Kremer September 1, 2014

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 suitable spot for the momentous Philae landing – upcoming in mid-November. In fact Rosetta […]

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