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Do micro-organisms explain features on comets?

Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, studied in detail by the European Space Agency Rosetta and Philae spacecraft since September 2014, is a body with distinct and unexpected features. Now two astronomers have a radical explanation ...

dateJul 06, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Rosetta spacecraft sees sinkholes on comet

The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft first began orbiting comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in August 2014. Almost immediately, scientists began to wonder about several surprisingly deep, almost perfectly circular ...

dateJul 01, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Image: Increasingly active Comet 67P

On 13 August 2015, Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko will reach its closest point to the Sun along its 6.5-year long orbit. It will be around 185 million km from the Sun at 'perihelion', between the orbits of Earth and Mars.

dateJul 01, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Rosetta tracks debris around comet

Ever since its approach to and arrival at Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, Rosetta has been investigating the nucleus and its environment with a variety of instruments and techniques. One key area is the study of dust grains ...

dateJun 23, 2015 in Space Exploration
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MIRO maps water in comet's coma

MIRO, the Microwave Instrument for the Rosetta Orbiter, first detected the emission from water molecules in the coma of Comet 67P/C-G on 6 June 2014, when Rosetta was 350,000 km from the comet, approximately equivalent to ...

dateJun 22, 2015 in Space Exploration
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