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First Images Of Deep Space Comet Transmitted From ESA's Rosetta
2014-03-28 12:39:54

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft has snapped its first images of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko since waking up earlier this year. Rosetta woke up from a deep hibernation in January, and since then ESA engineers have been preparing it for its rendezvous with the comet. The spacecraft took its “first light” images last week using its Optical, Spectroscopic and Infrared Remote Imaging System (OSIRIS)...

Comet Discovered By European Astronomers
2014-02-12 10:26:54

European Space Agency A team of European astronomers has found a previously unknown comet, detected as a tiny blob of light orbiting our Sun deep in the Solar System. Europe’s Teide Observatory Tenerife Asteroid Survey team has been credited with discovering comet P/2014 C1, named ‘TOTAS’ in recognition of the teamwork involved in the find. The comet was unexpectedly discovered on February 1, 2014 during a routine set of observations using the 1 m-diameter telescope at ESA’s...

ESA Says Rosetta Comet Chasing Spacecraft Is Fully Awake
2014-01-30 10:10:32

[ Watch the Video: Rosetta Mission Is On Track To Rendezvous With Comet ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After more than a week of post-hibernation tests and check-ups, the European Space Agency has announced that its comet-chasing craft Rosetta is fully operational and ready to begin the active stage of its mission to study and land a probe on the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. “We were most concerned about power, and seeing if the solar arrays were...

rosetta and comet
2014-01-25 04:49:44

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The countdown is on for the instruments on the European Space Agency (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft, as the ultraviolet imaging spectrograph, a microwave thermometer and a plasma analyzer are scheduled to be activated in early March, NASA announced on Friday. Rosetta, which woke up Monday following a 31-month deep space slumber, is scheduled to become the first spacecraft to orbit a comet and land a probe on its nucleus in November. The...

Comet Chaser Rosetta Phones Home
2014-01-20 14:11:14

[ Watch the Video: Rosetta Has Awoken! ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) announced on Monday that its Rosetta spacecraft has finally woken up after its long deep space slumber. The comet chaser phoned home on Monday afternoon for the first time in 31 months. Rosetta is now just months away from its final destination, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. “We have our comet-chaser back,” Alvaro Giménez, ESA’s Director of...

ESA's Rosetta Spacecraft Days Away From Waking Up For Comet Visit
2014-01-16 12:39:35

[ Watch the Video: Comet Mission Gets Ready For Rendezvous ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft is less than a week away from waking up from a deep hibernation to explore a comet, in what is being hailed as a first-of-its-kind attempt. Rosetta has been catching up to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko since it launched in 2004. During its journey, the spacecraft has used the gravitational pull of Earth and...

ESA Says Its Time To 'Wake Up Rosetta' And It Wants Your Help
2013-12-10 14:12:55

[ Watch the video: Rosetta's 12 Year Journey In Space ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) is kicking off a “Wake Up Rosetta” campaign to celebrate the end of its comet-chasing spacecraft’s 31-month-long hibernation. Rosetta is nearing its final destination, comet 67P Churyumov–Gerasimenko, after spending nearly a decade traveling towards it. The spacecraft will be rendezvousing with the comet in August 2014 and subsequently...

Rosetta To Begin Comet Chase Upon Its Awakening In 100 Days
2013-10-11 14:12:45

[ Watch the Video: Rosetta’s Twelve-Year Journey in Space ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta mission will be arising from hibernation in about 100 days to make a long-awaited approach of a destination mission controllers have been aiming for for the past decade. The Rosetta mission has been traveling through space since March 2, 2004 towards comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. During its travels, the spacecraft has flown...

Comet Activity Starting Up Early Ahead Of 2014 Rosetta Mission
2013-08-20 13:48:03

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, a 2014 visitor to our neck of the woods, will be emitting gas and dust earlier than expected, according to a new study by the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS). The European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft will be arriving at comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko next year, and two months after it starts its approach, the comet will start showing activity. Researchers say the comet's...

Revisiting Comet Halley
2012-11-26 10:52:46

ESA Comet Halley, the originator of the Orionids meteor shower that lit up our skies last month — as they do every October — is seen here up close by ESA´s Giotto probe as it flew past the famous comet on 13—14 March 1986. Giotto was ESA´s first deep-space mission. It swept within 600 km of Halley, obtaining the first close-up images of a comet. Comets are considered to be the primitive building blocks of the Solar System and likely helped to...