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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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Take a Flight Over a Massive Aurora

by Jason Major August 25, 2014

Post by Alexander Gerst. Or perhaps I should say “eine grosse Aurora!” ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst made this time-lapse of a “massive aurora” as seen from the Space Station on August 24. The entire video is beautiful, showing not just a view of the ghostly green aurora but also plenty of stars, airglow, the graceful rotation of […]

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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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Cygnus Cargo Carrier Concludes with Fiery Reentry Aug. 17 – Amazing Astronaut Photos

by Ken Kremer August 17, 2014

Farewell Cygnus! The flight of the Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus commercial cargo carrier concluded this morning, Sunday Aug. 17, in a spectacular fireball as planned upon reentry into Earth’s atmosphere at approximately 9:15 a.m. (EDT). And the fireworks were captured for posterity in a series of amazing photos taken by the Expedition 40 crew aboard the […]

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