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No Images of Comet ISON from Deep Impact/EPOXI Spacecraft Due to Communication Loss

by Nancy Atkinson September 4, 2013

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Disappointing news today from Dr. Mike A’Hearn, Principal Investigator of the EPOXI mission, which has been using the repurposed spacecraft from the Deep Impact mission to study comets. The spacecraft was going to take some much-anticipated images of Comet ISON, but […]

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European Asteroid Smasher Could Bolster Planetary Defense

by Ken Kremer February 24, 2013

Planetary Defense is a concept very few people heard of or took seriously – that is until last week’s humongous and totally unexpected meteor explosion over Russia sent millions of frightened residents ducking for cover, followed just hours later by Earth’s uncomfortably close shave with the 45 meter (150 ft) wide asteroid named 2012 DA14. […]

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2011: Top Stories from the Best Year Ever for NASA Planetary Science!

by Ken Kremer December 31, 2011

A year ago, 2011 was proclaimed as the “Year of the Solar System” by NASA’s Planetary Science division. And what a year of excitement it was indeed for the planetary science community, amateur astronomers and the general public alike ! NASA successfully delivered astounding results on all fronts – On the Story of How We […]

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Sounds of Comet Tempel 1 smashing into Stardust-NExT

by Ken Kremer February 23, 2011

As Stardust-Next was racing past Comet Tempel at 9.8 km/sec, or 24,000 MPH, it encountered a hail of bullet like particles akin to a warplane meeting the fury of armed resistance fighters which potentially could have utterly destroyed the probe. NASA has released a cool sound track of the sounds of thousands of cometary dust […]

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NASA’s Stardust Discovers Human made Deep Impact Crater on Comet Tempel 1

by Ken Kremer February 16, 2011

NASA’s aging and amazing Stardust space probe has at last discovered the human made crater created on Comet Tempel 1 in 2005 by the history making cosmic smash up with NASA’s Deep Impact penetrator. Stardust streaked past the comet on Feb. 14 at 10.9 km/sec, or 24,000 MPH, and succeeded in briefly photographing the crater […]

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