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Rosetta Space Probe Sees Its Own Spooky Shadow On Comet 67P

12 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

Punxsutawney Phil wasn't the only one who saw his shadow last month. Just 12 days after the groundhog ogled his umbra on Feb. 2, the European Space Agency's comet-hunting space probe, Rosetta, captured a photo of its shadow on CometShow More Summary

LISA Pathfinder gravity probe moves to testing

20 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

A European Space Agency (ESA) mission aimed at testing new technologies for understanding the universe has left Britain for final testing before being launched into space. The LISA Pathfinder mission's propulsion and science modulesShow More Summary

How Different Images Create a Single One of the Small Magellanic Cloud

yesterdayGenres / Sci Fi : io9

When we see photos of space, the data doesn't always come from one place. This photo of the Small Magellanic Cloud comes from the European Space Agency's Herschel's Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver (SPIRE), Photodetector Array Camera and Spectrometer (PACS), and NASA's Spitzer's Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS). Read more...

The Ultimate Shadow Selfie: Rosetta's Silhouette On Comet 67P

This brand new image from the OSIRIS scientific imaging camera of European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft reveals two fascinating things. First, we have an incredibly detailed view of the surface of Comet 67P. Second, look at that fuzzy, dark patch at the bottom of the photo—it's the shadow of the spacecraft itself! Read more...

NASA and ESA Astronauts Bid Final Farewell to Mr. Spock [Video + Pic]

From ReelNASA: NASA Astronaut Mike Fincke and ESA European Space Agency Astronaut Luca Parmitano reflect on the inspiration that actor Leonard Nimoy’s character Mr. Spock in the television series Star Trek had on scientists, engineers, space explorers and fans around the globe. Show More Summary

Astronauts Bid A Fond Farewell to Leonard Nimoy, Noting the Profound Effect That Mr. Spock Made on Their Lives

4 days agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

NASA astronaut Colonel Mike Fincke and ESA European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano bid a touching farewell to actor Leonard Nimoy, each noting the profound effect that his famous Star Trek character Mr. Spock had on the lives of scientists, engineers and astronauts around the world. And as we at NASA along with our international […]

Randall Munroe, author of the popular math and science webcomic...

Randall Munroe, author of the popular math and science webcomic xkcd, posted a graph about the European Space Agency’s mission to land a probe on a comet last November. The former NASA roboticist pointed out that the most incredible thing about the Rosetta mission wasn’t its unprecedented proximity to a comet, or the decade it took to get there. Show More Summary

Is It a Comet or an Asteroid?: No, It’s Studio Swine's Meteorite Shoes

Inspired by the European Space Agency's landing of the Philae lander on Comet 67P in November of 2014, London-based Studio Swine created these high-heeled Meterorite shoes as part of a project for Microsoft. Read on, even if wearing these monstrous shoes is probably the last thing you would ever do!

ESA releases images of Rosetta's comet close encounter

In a space-age game of chicken, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta probe made its closest approach to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko last weekend. The spacecraft, which has ceased orbiting the comet due to 67P's increased activity...Show More Summary

How a Satellite Is Transforming Earthquake Monitoring

2 weeks agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The European Space Agency's Sentinel-1A was launched just last year, and it's already proving its importance as the first satellite actually optimized to target areas of seismic activity. The proof is in the pudding. In this case, the pudding was the August 2014 San Francisco area earthquake. Read more...

New images from Rosetta reveal the ‘fried ice cream’ surface of a comet

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The Rosetta spacecraft recently made its closest encounter with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and now the European Space Agency has released some sweet pics it took during the flyby.The latest image focuses on the surface of the comet's...Show More Summary

Rosetta Gets Close-Up Photos Of Comet P67

2 weeks agoTechnology : TechCrunch

Back in November, the European Space Agency made history by landing a probe on Comet 67P, marking the first time that any spacecraft has successfully landed on the surface of a comet. The mission has taken more than ten years, with Philae having landed on the surface, and Rosetta running tests from orbit. Show More Summary

Did Mars Just Fart? Unexplained Dust Plumes on the Red Planet

The amateur and professional astronomy communities alike are busy scratching their heads today; headlines from the ESA (European Space Agency) claim that scientists are baffled.  Now, such a claim is common among the mainstream media, and we can usually assume they mean, simply, that they don’t know...

Amazing time-lapse video of spacecraft returning to Earth

2 weeks agoTechnology : Tech Talk

This time-lapse video from the European Space Agency shows show an unmanned cargo ship departing the International Space Station and burning up safely when it reaches Earth's atmosphere. The video was created using images taken by NASA astronaut Terry Virts.

This Is What Mars Looks Like When It's Not Being "The Red Planet"

2 weeks agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

This photo from the European Space Agency's Mars Express is of the planet's south pole, and the layers of white are frozen water and carbon dioxide. As much as the pole looks smooth here, it's surface is usually compared to swiss cheese. Read more...

A Cargo Tug Breakup Is A Perfect Antidote To Excessive Sentimentality

2 weeks agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Need an antidote to the saccharine nature of today? We have a breakup dramatic enough to be visible across Europe to sooth your curmudgeonly soul. The very last of the European Space Agency's ATV cargo space tugs just burnt up in a fiery breakup perfect for the most dramatic of Valentine's Day traditions. Read more...

Send Your Favorite Stargazer A Space-Themed Love Letter

2 weeks agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Yesterday, we invited you to pitch woo at your beloved using geeky, pop culture-inspired Valentines. If those cards weren't quite what you had in mind, check out the space-tastic array offered up by the European Space Agency, complete with captions both sincere and cheeky. Read more...

Rosetta beams back more incredible comet photos

A European spacecraft orbiting a comet continues to beam incredible photos of the icy, dusty cosmic body back to Earth. The new comet photos from the Rosetta spacecraft, a European Space Agency probe, show Comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko in an incredible new light. Show More Summary

Why Europe’s Experimental Spaceship Is Shaped So Weirdly

Yesterday, an unmanned experimental spacecraft from the European Space Agency took off from French Guiana and, 100 minutes later, splashed down into the Pacific Ocean just west of the Galapagos Islands. The spacecraft, called the Intermediate Experimental Vehicle, or IXV, didn’t look like your standard cone, though. Show More Summary

ESA's Spaceplane Is a Bit Banged Up After Its Fiery Trip

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

After successfully completing its 100-minute, remotely operated ride, the European Space Agency's Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) was lifted aboard the Nos Aries, ESA's recovery ship, as we can see in this photo above released by the space agency today. Read more...

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