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Rosetta: Mission To Land On A Comet
2012-02-04 04:06:19

Europe´s Rosetta spacecraft is en route to intercept a comet— and to make history. In 2014, Rosetta will enter orbit around comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenkoand land a probe on it, two firsts. Rosetta´s goal is to learn the primordial story a comet tells as it gloriously falls to pieces. Comets are primitive leftovers from our solar system's 'construction' about 4.5 billion years ago. Because they spend much of their time in the deep freeze of the outer solar system,...

2012-01-27 08:00:00

Local father and psychologist Lane Weinberg directs suicide prevention/anti-bullying efforts after student reveals high school incident and Christmas Eve suicide attempt. Lander, WY (PRWEB) January 27, 2012 Students at Lander Valley High School and other schools in Wyoming´s Fremont County School District No. 1 got a direct lesson in bullying and its potential effects this week, thanks to the efforts of a concerned father. Lane Weinberg — father of three district students,...

NASA Says Life On Venus Claim Is False
2012-01-25 10:22:06

Just days after a Russian scientist claimed to have found life on Venus, NASA has debunked the new myth. Leonid Ksanfomaliti of the Space Research Institute at Russia´s Academy of Sciences examined photographs taken by the probe Venera 13 in 1982, and determined the images showed a scorpion-shaped body that moved as the probe´s cameras recorded the scene. However, NASA says that the moving body was actually a lens cap, not a scorpion. “It makes much more sense that...

Robotic Lander Prototype Reaches New Heights
2011-11-22 11:43:18

[ Watch the Video ] NASA successfully completed the final flight in a series of tests of a new robotic lander prototype at the Redstone Test Center´s propulsion test facility on the U.S. Army Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala. Data from this test series will aid in the design and development of a new generation of small, smart, versatile robotic landers capable of performing science and exploration research on the surface of the moon or other airless bodies in the solar system, such...

2011-08-15 11:35:00

NASA said on Friday that its $2.4 billion Mars Science Laboratory has completed a series of functional tests to verify the car-sized rover's readiness for launch in November. Engineers will now fold up opportunity's robotic arm, camera mast, wheels and suspension so it can be packed inside a protective aeroshell. The spacecraft will then be attached to its interplanetary cruise stage and hauled out to launch complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in October. The space agency is...

2011-06-10 10:41:56

ESA and NASA have announced the scientific investigations selected for their 2016 ExoMars lander demonstrator. They will probe the atmosphere during the descent, and return the first ever data on electrical fields at the surface of Mars. The EDM Entry, descent, and landing Demonstrator Module is part of the joint ESA/NASA ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter mission to be launched in 2016 for arrival at Mars nine months later. Although its main goal is to demonstrate European entry, descent and landing...

2011-05-31 08:24:55

Do you use Twitter? Are you as intrigued by comets as we are? Then tell us 'Why comets are cool' and you might win a trip to ESA's operations center in Germany on 15 June to celebrate 25 years of cometary science at ESA. If you're fascinated by comets, you're not alone. For millennia, philosophers, poets, astronomers and kings have gazed up "” sometimes in terror, always in awe "” as comets streak across the heavens, appearing, it seemed, out of nowhere. They've been called...

2011-03-07 10:25:54

Ultra-light carbon-fiber rods used to stiffen a comet probe's legs are now being harnessed by a German manufacturer to boost the precision and efficiency of their laser cutters. Right now, the rods in question are on a collision course with a comet "“ literally. In 2014 ESA's Rosetta spacecraft will end a decade-long chase through space by catching up with Comet Churyumov"“Gerasimenko. It will orbit the comet and release its Philae lander to anchor itself to the icy surface. ...

2011-01-27 13:10:00

NASA engineers successfully integrated and completed system testing on a new robotic lander recently at Teledyne Brown Engineering's facility in Huntsville in support of the Robotic Lunar Lander Project at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The lander prototype was placed on modified skateboards and a customized track system as a low-cost solution to control movement during final testing of the prototype's sensors, onboard computer, and thrusters. The functional test...

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