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LOS ANGELES, Jan.
With the Rosetta orbiter and Philae lander set to make history on November 12 by attempting to land on Comet 67P, researchers from The Open University have compiled a timeline of previous comet-related missions.
Seven rare and microscopic particles of space dust collected by instruments onboard NASA’s Stardust mission could be the first samples of contemporary interstellar dust ever obtained by scientists.
After a 27-year slumber, NASA’s International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 (ISEE-3) spacecraft has reawakened – firing its thrusters on July 2 in preparation for a major course change.
A new research program is bringing experts together to help protect our planet from asteroids that could become catastrophes.
NASA announced on Friday that its Deep Impact mission has ended after losing communication with the spacecraft.
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 board the space agency’s Deep Impact probe.
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...