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Rosetta scientists confident that Philae lander will

Rosetta scientists confident that Philae lander will reactivate early next year

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists involved with the ESA’s Rosetta mission say there is “no doubt” that the now-dormant Philae lander will wake up, and that it will be “in good shape” once it receives...

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mercury-encke_trail3
2014-12-12 16:20:57

The closest planet to the sun appears to get hit by a periodic meteor shower, possibly associated with a comet that produces multiple events annually on Earth.

philae landing
2014-11-21 04:09:35

It might just be a two second clip of what sounds like some rustling paper or a dull thud, but the recording of the Philae lander’s touchdown on Comet 67P/C-G allows astronomy enthusiasts to hear just what making history sounds like.

philae organic molecules
2014-11-28 06:10:00

Before the Philae lander’s batteries depleted late last week, one of its instruments was able to detect organic molecules on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko (67P/C-G), scientists involved with the mission have confirmed.

2014-11-18 08:20:59

Company Congratulates the European Space Agency, NASA and Their Partners on Their Continued Success as the Rosetta Spacecraft Reaches its Objective ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Nov.

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2014-11-16 06:27:14

The Leonid meteor shower, the result of debris left in the orbit of Comet Tempel-Tuttle that hits Earth’s atmosphere each year around mid-November, is expected to peak on Monday.

Philae_touchdown
2014-11-15 06:32:32

As had been feared, the Rosetta mission’s Philae probe has run out of power following a rough landing that caused it to come to rest in the shade, thus preventing its solar panels from receiving enough sunlight to keep the its battery charged.

active asteroid 62412
2014-11-14 02:50:47

A two-person team of Carnegie's Scott Sheppard and Chadwick Trujillo of the Gemini Observatory has discovered a new active asteroid, called 62412, in the Solar System's main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

Philae lander
2014-11-14 07:14:29

Just two days after its dramatic arrival on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, ESA is concerned that the Philae lander may only have a few hours of power left, prompting them to make the bold decision to begin drilling.

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2014-11-12 12:15:55

Today’s historic comet-landing mission has come to a successful conclusion, as the ESA confirmed at 11:03am EST via its Twitter account that it had received a signal from Philae on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P/C-G).


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2007-04-10 16:02:02

A Shubunkin is a type of single-tailed goldfish with calico coloration, a combination of orange, white, black, red, and blue markings, blue being the most desired. They are similar to the common goldfish and the comet goldfish. Also called speckled goldfish, harlequin goldfish, calico goldfish, and coronation fish, they were developed in Japan about a hundred years ago by crossing calico fantails with single-tailed goldfish to produce a hardy, able swimmer with bright colors. There are...

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2007-04-10 14:06:21

A Fantail goldfish is a standard "fancy" type of goldfish. It has a dual-lobed tail, unlike its cousin the common or comet. Its fins can be different sizes, ranging from 1-3 in or more in length. A typical fantail has paired fins, including anal fins, a single dorsal fin, and a round, pointed body shape. It can range in color, from bronze (known as chocolate), orange, red, calico, and mixes of the colors. It is the third hardiest of the fancy goldfish with Comet first and Shubunkin second,...

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2007-04-10 13:51:34

The Comet is a commonly kept form of goldfish, the only type to have originated in the United States. They first appeared in the ponds of the Fish Commission in Washington in the early 1880s. Hugo Mullertt was the first person to bring the Comet goldfish to the market in a large quantity. Characterized by a long, tall, flowing tailfin they can be differentiated from the common goldfish, although otherwise they are very similar. Both of these varieties are quite hardy and will do well in...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Comet -- A comet is a small body from the outer reaches of the solar system similar to an asteroid but composed of ice. Often described as "dirty snowballs," they are composed largely of carbon dioxide ice, methane ice, and water ice with a mixture of dust and small stony aggregates mixed in. Comets are thought to be small pieces of debris left over from the formation of the solar system, representing a sample of the original composition of the nebula that condensed to form the Sun and all...

Solar System
2012-10-22 06:09:41

The Solar System refers to the area in space that is dominated by our own Sun. It is comprised of the Sun and its associated astronomical objects that are held in its gravitational orbit. The Solar System was formed as a result of the collapse of a giant molecular cloud approximately 4.6 billion years ago. The mass of this system is located almost entirely in the Sun. Apart from the Sun, a high percentage of the remainder of the system’s mass is located in the eight solitary planets that...

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