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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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NASA’s MAVEN Orbiter 3 Weeks and 4 Million Miles from Mars

by Ken Kremer September 2, 2014

Now just 3 weeks and 4 million miles (6 million kilometers) from rendezvous with Mars, NASA’s ground breaking Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) orbiter is tracking precisely on course for the crucial Mars Orbital Insertion (MOI) engine firing slated for September 21, 2014. MAVEN will investigate Mars transition from its ancient, water-covered past, to […]

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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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India’s Maiden Mars Mission One Month out from Red Planet Arrival

by Ken Kremer August 24, 2014

India’s maiden foray to Mars is now just one month out from the Red Planet and closing in fast on the final stages of the history making rendezvous culminating on September 24, 2014. As of Aug. 22, 2014, the Mars Orbiter Mission, or MOM, was just 9 million kilometers away from Mars and the crucial […]

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Curiosity Brushes ‘Bonanza King’ Target Anticipating Fourth Red Planet Rock Drilling

by Ken Kremer August 19, 2014

Eagerly eyeing her next drill site on Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover laid the groundwork by brushing the chosen rock target called ‘Bonanza King’ on Wednesday, Aug. 17, Sol 722, with the Dust Removal Tool (DRT) and collecting high resolution imagery with the Mast Camera (Mastcam) to confirm the success of the operation. By brushing aside […]

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