short period comets

Coma Dust Collection Science starts for Rosetta at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

by Ken Kremer August 11, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter 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 […]

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Rosetta Arrives at ‘Scientific Disneyland’ for Ambitious Study of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after 10 Year Voyage

by Ken Kremer August 6, 2014

“We’re at the comet! Yes,” exclaimed Rosetta Spacecraft Operations Manager Sylvain Lodiot, confirming the spacecraft’s historic arrival at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko during a live webcast this morning, Aug. 6, from mission control at ESA’s spacecraft operations centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany. The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta comet hunter successfully reached its long sought destination after […]

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Rosetta Orbiter less than 500 Kilometers from Comet 67P Following Penultimate Trajectory Burn

by Ken Kremer August 3, 2014

The Rosetta comet chaser is currently less than 500 kilometers (300 miles) from its target destination, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko following today’s (Aug. 3) successful completion of the spacecraft’s critically important penultimate trajectory burn, just three days before its history making arrival at the comet on Aug. 6. The European Space Agency’s (ESA) 1.3 Billion euro Rosetta […]

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Rosetta Closing in on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after Decade Long Chase

by Ken Kremer August 1, 2014

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft is at last rapidly closing in on its target destination, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, after a decade long chase of 6.4 billion kilometers through interplanetary space. See imagery above and below. As of today, Friday, August 1, ESA reports that Rosetta has approached the ‘rubber ducky looking’ comet to within […]

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Trojans May Yet Rain Down

by Jon Voisey October 5, 2010

It would be an interesting survey to catalog the initial reactions readers have to “Trojans”. Do you think first of wooden horses, or do asteroids spring to mind? Given the context of this website, I’d hope it’s the latter. If so, you’re thinking along the right lines. But how much do you really know about […]

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