Gems of the Rosetta mission

Nov 17
Last week was one hectic week for ESA: Their Philae comet lander made its big leap from its carrier spacecraft Rosetta down to the surface of a comet; The first time that humanity achieved such an amazing feat. The craft was released on Wednesday the 12th in the morning, and reached its landing site at around 15:43 in the afternoon. This was not its final landing site however. ESA later confirmed that the Philae lander

New Rosetta and Philae animation from ESA

Nov 07
Only a few more days till the big event: The landing of the Philae lander on the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko is planned for next Wednesday the 12th of November. At 8:35 GMT the lander will be released from the Rosetta spacecraft, and the landing itself is planned for just after 16:00 GMT. Just this week the name for the landing spot of Philae has been announced: Agilkia. Named after an island in the Nile river. This

David Morrisons NEO news (7th of November 2014)

Nov 07
NEO NEWS (07 November 2014)  Comet Landing, Comet Composition, and Asteroids as a Stepping Stone to Mars  ==================================== HOW TO LAND ON A COMET NASA Science News November 3, 2014  Generally speaking, space missions fall into one of three categories: difficult, more difficult, and ridiculously difficult. Flybys are difficult. A spaceship travels hundreds of millions of miles through the dark void of space, pinpoints a distant planet or moon, and flies past it at 20 to

David Morrisons NEO NEWS (28 Oct 2014)

Oct 28
COMET SIDING SPRING ENCOUNTER WITH MARS Comet Siding Spring came close enough to Mars that its visible coma barely brushed the planet. This is the closest comet encounter with either Earth or Mars ever observed. Several spacecraft in orbit around Mars observed the comet flyby. Images were taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Oct. 19, 2014. Comet Siding Spring is on its first trip this close to the Sun from the Oort Cloud at the outer