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Rosetta’s Philae Lander Snaps a Selfie

by Jason Major April 15, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Philae is awake… and taking pictures! This image, acquired last night with the lander’s CIVA (Comet nucleus Infrared and Visible Analyzer) instrument, shows the left and right solar panels of ESA’s well-traveled Rosetta spacecraft, upon which the 100-kilogram Philae is mounted. Philae […]

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ESA Awakens Rosetta’s Comet Lander

by Jason Major March 28, 2014

Little Philae is awake! ESA sent a wake-up call to the 100-kg (220-lb) lander riding aboard the Rosetta spacecraft this morning at 06:00 GMT, bringing it out of its nearly 33-month-long slumber and beginning its preparation for its upcoming (and historic) landing on the surface of a comet in November. Remove this ad Jason Major […]

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Weekly Space Hangout – February 21, 2014: Two-Man Show!

by Fraser Cain February 20, 2014

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Astrojournalist: Morgan Rehnberg (cosmicchatter.org / @cosmic_chatter) This Week’s Stories: Remove this ad Fraser Cain on Google+

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Keeping An Eye On Gaia

by Jason Major February 18, 2014

Gaia, ESA’s long-anticipated mission to map the stars of our galaxy (as well as do a slew of other cool science things) is now tucked comfortably in its position in orbit around Earth-Moon L2, a gravitationally stable spot in space 1.5 million km (932,000 miles) away. Once its mission begins in earnest, Gaia will watch about […]

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NASA Pressing Towards Fall 2014 Orion Test Flight – Service Module Complete

by Ken Kremer January 22, 2014

2014 is the Year of Orion. Orion is NASA’s next human spaceflight vehicle destined for astronaut voyages beyond Earth and will launch for the first time later this year on its inaugural test flight from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The space agency is rapidly pressing forward with efforts to finish building the Orion crew module slated […]

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