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NEOWISE spies its first comet

(Phys.org) —NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft has spotted a never-before-seen comet—its first such discovery since coming out of hibernation late last year.

Mar 03, 2014
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How Rosetta arrives at a comet

After travelling nearly 6.4 billion kilometres through the Solar System, ESA's Rosetta is closing in on its target. But how does a spacecraft actually arrive at a comet?

Aug 01, 2014
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Bringing a spacecraft back from the dead

More than 25 years ago, an abandoned NASA spacecraft fulfilled its mission, fell silent and has since been hurtling around the sun, somewhere between the orbits of Earth and Mars. Now, a University of Arizona ...

May 23, 2014
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Image: Rosetta bids farewell to Lutetia

(Phys.org) —This ethereal image shows a stunning sliver of large main-belt asteroid Lutetia from the viewpoint of ESA's Rosetta spacecraft, taken as Rosetta passed by on its 10-year voyage towards comet ...

Jul 08, 2014
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