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comet 67p surface diversity
2014-08-17 08:52:52

NASA/ESA A new image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko shows the diversity of surface structures on the comet's nucleus. It was taken by the Rosetta spacecraft's OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on August 7, 2014. At the time, the spacecraft was 65 miles (104 kilometers) away from the 2.5-mile-wide (4-kilometer) nucleus. In the image, the comet’s head (in the top half of the image) exhibits parallel linear features that resemble cliffs, and its neck displays scattered boulders on a...

comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko
2014-07-26 03:00:29

Preston Dyches, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Surface structures are becoming visible in new images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken by the scientific imaging system OSIRIS onboard the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft. The resolution of these images is now 330 feet (100 meters) per pixel. One of the most striking features is currently found in the comet's neck region. This part of 67P seems to be brighter than the rest of the nucleus. As earlier images had already shown,...

ESA's Rosetta Probe Catches Target Comet 67P Releasing 10 Ounces Of Water Every Second
2014-06-30 14:48:23

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As the European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe drew closer to its target – comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko – it was able to pick up data that showed the comet is releasing the equivalent of two small glasses of water into space every second, the space agency said. The Rosetta probe was able to detect the rate of water vapor being released through the use of the Microwave Instrument for Rosetta Orbiter (MIRO) from nearly 220,000...

ESA Expects The Unexpected As Rosetta Nears Comet Rendezvous
2014-06-20 09:49:28

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft is the first mission in history to attempt to rendezvous with a comet. The spacecraft will deploy the Philae lander to the surface of the comet and accompany it as it orbits the Sun. The comet in question is 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which is currently approximately 267,189 miles from the spacecraft. The Rosetta team released a series of images last May that detailed the extended...

Rosetta at Comet
2014-06-10 16:21:28

NASA Three NASA science instruments aboard the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft, which is set to become the first to orbit a comet and land a probe on its nucleus, are beginning observations and sending science data back to Earth. Launched in March 2004, Rosetta was reactivated in January 2014 after a record 957 days in hibernation. Composed of an orbiter and lander, Rosetta's objective is to arrive at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in August to study the celestial...

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)...

Vesta's Hidden Attractions Provided By Dawn
2013-12-17 08:01:02

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Some beauty is revealed only at a second glance. When viewed with the human eye, the giant asteroid Vesta, which was the object of scrutiny by the Dawn spacecraft from 2011 to 2012, is quite unspectacular color-wise. Vesta looks grayish, pitted by a variety of large and small craters. But scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany, have re-analyzed the images of this giant asteroid obtained by Dawn's...

Sun's Chromosphere Studied By Sunrise Mission
2013-09-28 04:29:37

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In June 2013, the solar observatory Sunrise was carried aloft by a NASA scientific balloon. Three months later, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany have presented unique insights into a layer on the sun called the chromosphere. The images from Sunrise are the highest-resolution ultraviolet light images to date of this thin corrugated layer, which lies between the sun's visible surface and the...

ESA Preparing Rosetta To Rendezvous With Comet 67P
2013-09-13 16:23:25

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA) are earnestly making preparations for the Rosetta spacecraft’s rendezvous with the comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko. A ball of ice and dust, 67P orbits the sun every 6.5 years and is estimated to be 4.5 billion years old. By studying the comet, scientists expect the Rosetta mission to provide new insights into the formation of our solar system. The ESA craft is scheduled to rendezvous...

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...

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