short period comets

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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Rosetta Captures Breathtaking Comet Views Advancing Landing Site Selection

by Ken Kremer September 8, 2014

The Rosetta spacecraft is capturing ever more breathtaking views of its target comet that are significantly advancing landing site selection for the history making touchdown on the bizarre worlds nucleus by the attached Philae lander. Today ESA released the latest high resolution images of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken by the OSIRIS science camera on Sept. 5, […]

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

by Ken Kremer August 11, 2014

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 diligently and simultaneously searches for a landing site for the attached Philae comet lander. […]

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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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