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A close-up with a comet

Even as Tom Economou approached retirement age in 1994, he began planning an instrument for the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission to a comet. He still remembers the reaction of Riccardo Levi-Setti, ...

Nov 11, 2014
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Five questions about the Rosetta mission

On November 12, the Rosetta spacecraft's Philae lander is due to land on the surface of a comet. As a space scientist working with those who have instruments on board, I can't wait. I met up with some of ...

Nov 07, 2014
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Rosetta: The dark side of the comet

(Phys.org) —Rosetta's scientific imaging system OSIRIS has caught a glimpse of the southern side of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. During the past months, this side has continuously faced away from the ...

Nov 06, 2014
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How to land on a comet

Generally speaking, space missions fall into one of three categories:  difficult, more difficult, and ridiculously difficult.

Nov 04, 2014
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Comet K1 PanSTARRS

Comet C/2012 K1 PanSTARRS, one of the most dependable comets of 2014, may put on its encore performance over the coming weeks for southern hemisphere observers.

Oct 29, 2014
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Image: Siding Spring grazes Mars

This excellent view of Mars seen together with Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring was captured by Scott Ferguson, Florida, USA, on 19 October 2014 on the morning that the enigmatic object made the closest-known ...

Oct 22, 2014
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