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Mars-Bound Siding Spring Comet Sprouts Multiple Jets
2014-03-28 08:28:56

NASA NASA released on Thursday an image of a comet that, on Oct. 19, will pass within 84,000 miles of Mars - less than half the distance between Earth and our moon. The image on the left, captured  March 11 by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, shows comet C/2013 A1, also called Siding Spring, at a distance of 353 million miles from Earth. Hubble can't see Siding Spring's icy nucleus because of its diminutive size. The nucleus is surrounded by a glowing dust cloud, or COMA, that measures...

NASA Preparing Martian Spacecraft For Close Passing Comet
2014-01-29 10:41:24

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists at NASA said they are busy prepping for observations of a comet that is expected to streak across the Martian sky later this year. Comet Siding Spring, officially dubbed C/2013 A1, is projected to pass about 10 times closer to Mars than any identified comet has ever flown past Earth. "Our plans for using spacecraft at Mars to observe comet Siding Spring will be coordinated with plans for how the orbiters will duck and...

2013-09-20 23:01:49

The NASA/JPL/UMD Deep Impact spacecraft ends its missions, but leaves a powerful, UMD-led legacy of scientific discovery. College Park, MD (PRWEB) September 20, 2013 NASA today announced the end of operations for the Deep Impact spacecraft, history’s most traveled deep-space comet hunter, after trying unsuccessfully for more than a month to regain contact with the spacecraft. UMD scientists – who helped conceive the mission, bring it to reality and keep it going years longer than...

2013-09-20 12:20:34

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After almost 9 years in space that included an unprecedented July 4th impact and subsequent flyby of a comet, an additional comet flyby, and the return of approximately 500,000 images of celestial objects, NASA's Deep Impact mission has ended. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The project team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., has reluctantly pronounced the mission at an...

NASA Ends Deep Impact Mission
2013-09-20 11:19:46

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA announced on Friday that its Deep Impact mission has ended after losing communication with the spacecraft. The Deep Impact mission spent nine years in space snapping about 500,000 images and flying past comets. It was the most-traveled comet research mission in history, tallying a total of 4.7 billion miles in its nine-year journey. The last time NASA was able to communicate with the probe was on August 8. "The project team at...

NASA Frustrated With Computer Malfunction On Deep Impact Probe
2013-09-11 14:12:45

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As you probably know from personal experience, computer-related problems can be some of the most frustrating to deal with. So imagine the frustration over at NASA, where scientists are having problems with the computer on the space agency’s Deep Impact probe – currently adrift millions of miles away from Earth. NASA scientists announced on Tuesday that they haven’t had contact with the deep-space probe since August 8 of this...

Comet ISON Is Shedding Carbon Dioxide By The Millions
2013-07-23 18:00:07

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers say they have observed strong carbon dioxide emissions coming off Comet ISON, giving scientists even more data to help them better understand these space objects. The team captured the images on June 13 using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope's Infrared Array Camera. The images show carbon dioxide is slowly and steadily "fizzing" away from the so-called "soda-pop comet" in a tail about 186,400 miles long. "These fabulous...

2013-07-23 16:20:44

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have observed what most likely are strong carbon dioxide emissions from Comet ISON ahead of its anticipated pass through the inner solar system later this year. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Images captured June 13 with Spitzer's Infrared Array Camera indicate carbon dioxide is slowly and steadily "fizzing" away from the so-called "soda-pop comet,"...

Comet ISON To Put On Spectacular Show On Thanksgiving
2013-02-06 13:08:48

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Kislovodsk, literally translated, means “sour water.” It was in this town, named for the sour water in the springs that surround it, that Russian astronomers Vitali Nevksi and Artyom Novichonok made a very sweet discovery in September of last year. Officially, the comet they discovered was named C/2012 S1, but since the two astronomers were using the International Scientific Optical Network´s (ISON) 15.7-inch...

Image 1 - Hyperactive Hartley 2 Has A Split History
2011-10-04 12:20:12

The latest analysis of data from NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft shows that comet 103P/Hartley 2 is hyperactive in terms of the material it spews out, compared to the other comets observed up close to date.  The comet also shows surprising diversity - ice on the comet´s sunlit surface is found in patches that are isolated from areas of dust. In addition, one lobe of the dog-bone shaped comet may have lost much more of the primordial material from the formation of the comet than the...