News tagged with surface features

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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ExoMars lander module named Schiaparelli

The entry, descent and landing demonstrator module that will fly on the 2016 ExoMars mission has been named 'Schiaparelli' in honour of the Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli, who famously mapped the ...

Nov 11, 2013
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Radar images of asteroid 2005 WK4

(Phys.org) —A collage of radar images of near-Earth asteroid 2005 WK4 was generated by NASA scientists using the 230-foot (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on Aug. 8, 2013.

Aug 22, 2013
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How many lakes are there, and how big are they?

Because of the important role lakes play in regional and local biogeochemical cycling, including carbon storage and emissions, scientists need to know how many lakes of various sizes exist. However, determining the size distribution ...

Feb 11, 2013
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SMART crater on the Moon

(Phys.org)—On the morning of 3 September 2006, a brief flash illuminated the Moon's 'Lake of Excellence' as ESA's SMART-1 mission met its fate on the dusty surface.

Sep 04, 2012
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Cassini captures new images of icy moon Rhea

(PhysOrg.com) -- These raw, unprocessed images of Saturn's second largest moon, Rhea, were taken on March 10, 2012, by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. This was a relatively distant flyby with a close-approach distance ...

Mar 12, 2012
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Could Venus be shifting gear?

(PhysOrg.com) -- ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft has discovered that our cloud-covered neighbour spins a little slower than previously measured. Peering through the dense atmosphere in the infrared, the ...

Feb 10, 2012
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