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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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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Rosetta’s Comet, Now in 3-D

by Nancy Atkinson August 14, 2014

You always have a pair of those cardboard red-blue 3-D glasses by your desk, right? Well, grab them and take a look at this view of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, just out from the Rosetta mission team. It almost feels like you’re right there with the spacecraft. Remove this ad Nancy Atkinson on Google+

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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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