David Morrisons NEO News (22nd of November 2014)

Nov 23

NEW ESTIMATE OF NUMBERS OF SMALL NEAS CONFORMS TO RECENT ESTIMATE FROM BOLIDE EVENTS For more than 15 years NEO News has been quoting periodic updates from Alan Harris on the size distribution of NEAs. His synthesis of data from a variety of sources has been used as input for estimates of the risk of impacts and as a tool for evaluating the progress of NEA surveys and predicting the anticipated results from new

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

New Rosetta and Philae animation from ESA

Nov 07

Rosetta and Philae animation image. Image credit: ESA / Rosetta.
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.

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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
 
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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,