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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...

2013-08-21 20:20:20

BOULDER, Colo., Aug. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) spacecraft will emerge from its two-year hibernation next month to resume its near-Earth object NEOWISE asteroid hunting mission. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130108/LA39163LOGO) Launched in December 2009, Ball Aerospace built the WISE BCP-300 spacecraft bus under contract to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. During its original...

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,"...

Donald K. Yeomans Receives Carl Sagan Medal For Public Communication
2013-07-15 10:16:17

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory For his work making the solar system's nomads of the night sky -- near-Earth objects, asteroids and comets -- tangible and compelling for millions of people, Donald K. Yeomans, the manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, has received the 2013 Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society (AAS). The Sagan Medal recognizes a planetary scientist for excellence in public communication....

Comet ISON On Uncertain Course Towards The Sun
2013-05-31 04:32:24

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) is racing toward an uncomfortably close rendezvous with the Sun, according to a new series of images from the Gemini Earth Observatory. Comet ISON might present a stunning sight in the twilight sky of late November that will remain easily visible, even brilliant, into early December. Gemini´s time-sequence images span from early February through May 2013, showing the comet´s remarkable activity...

Hubble Provides Great View Of Comet ISON
2013-04-24 08:46:26

[ Watch the Video: ScienceCasts: Comet ISON Meteor Shower ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Astronomers have been given the clearest view yet of a comet that is supposed to light up the skies later this year. Comet ISON is expected to create a spectacular show in the night sky in November, and NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has provided scientists with a great preview, months before its premier debut. Comet ISON is a "dirty snowball," meaning it is a...