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Landing Site on Comet Selected

The European Space Agency on Monday unveiled the target landing site on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for the Philae lander riding aboard the agency's Rosetta mission. Mission controllers picked a drop zone called "Site J" as the primary target from five potential landing sites and if all goes well, the lander will touch down on the comet Nov. Show More Summary

The Big Picture: Scientists pick a landing site for their historic comet probe

15 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Engadget

You're not just looking at an unassuming piece of rock -- if anything, it's a piece of history. That's Site J, the European Space Agency's long-awaited choice of landing spot for Philae, the first probe built to reach a comet's surface. Scientists...

A landing site for Philae, but it's not going to be easy

This morning, the European Space Agency announced the selection of a landing site for little Philae on the head of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Although a primary site has been selected, landing Philae successfully is going to be tough, and the mission is now working to manage people's expectations.

Landing site selected for comet mission

17 hours agoTechnology : Tech Talk

European Space Agency scientists have picked a target for the small lander carried to a comet aboard the Rosetta spacecraft

'J' Marks The Spot For Rosetta's Planned Comet Touch Down

21 hours agoNews : The Two-Way

After a decade-long journey to reach Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency says it has found the best spot for a planned November landing.

Rosetta Mission Now Has A Landing Site on Comet

A European spacecraft flying alongside a comet in deep space finally has a place to land after a 10-year journey through the solar system. The European Space Agency on Monday unveiled the target landing site on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for the Philae lander riding aboard the agency's Rosetta mission. Show More Summary

The European Space Agency announces spot where the Rosetta probe will land on comet

The European Space Agency on Monday morning announced the spot where the Philae lander from its Rosetta spacecraft will put down on the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, 250 million miles from Earth. Picked from a list of five potential targets, Site J is located at the "head" of the comet and was deemed the least risky of the bunch for the Nov. Show More Summary

ESA announces comet landing site, shows spectacular photos

As it releases closer and closer photos of the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency has announced the landing site for Philae, the little spaceship that will be launched from the Rosetta mothership to touch down on the surface of this object—the first comet landing in history. Read more...

First map of Rosetta's comet

Scientists have found that the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko -- the target of study for the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission -- can be divided into several regions, each characterized by different classes of features. High-resolution images of the comet reveal a unique, multifaceted world.

Rosetta maps comet's surface for first time

4 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

As the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft continues its mission by accompanying comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P, for short) on its journey into the inner solar system, sensing instruments have been studying it prior to an attempted a landing by Rosetta's Philae probe. Show More Summary

A Stunning Rosetta Selfie, Taken 250 Million Miles Away From Earth

4 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The European Space Agency used one of the cameras on Rosetta's Philae lander to snap this selfie, with comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko visible 31 miles away. (Does that count as photobombing?) The image captures a side of the Rosetta spacecraft and one of its 45-ft-long solar wings. Read more...

Rosetta Spacecraft's Lander Takes a Selfie with a Comet

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more impressive “selfie” than this! Attached to the European Space Agency's comet-chasing spacecraft Rosetta, the Philae lander opened one of its robotic eyes when the mission was orbiting comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko at a distance of only 50 kilometers (31 miles) on Sunday. Show More Summary

Rosetta-Alice spectrograph obtains first far ultraviolet spectra of a cometary surface

Boulder, Colo. — Sept. 4, 2014 — NASA's Alice ultraviolet (UV) spectrograph aboard the European Space Agency's Rosetta comet orbiter has delivered its first scientific discoveries. Rosetta, in orbit around comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, is the first spacecraft to study a comet up close. read more

Could Israel's Orbital Tugboat Rescue Europe's Galileo Satellites?

2 weeks agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Last week, two European Space Agency Galileo satellites were injected into a wrong, lower orbit. As concerns grow about finding a way to correct the mishap, an insurance company is reportedly consulting with an Israeli startup that is developing an orbital tugboat to grapple wayward satellites. Read more...

Watch: Galaxies collide in deep space

2 weeks agoTechnology : Tech Talk

Animation released by the European Space Agency, including images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope and other telescopes in space and on the ground, shows the collision of two distant galaxies. Light from the collision would beShow More Summary

'Erm...Brussels we have a problem' (Or "If EU did satellites..." Part III)

This week has seen the latest farce in the EU's foray into space. The European Space Agency, which is based in Paris and building the so-called Galileo satellite navigation system for the EU, was left with egg on its face after the two latest satellites for the system were launched into the 'wrong' orbit. Show More Summary

This Is Where Rosetta's Lander May Touch Down on Its Comet

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

It's not long since Rosetta reached Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, but European Space Agency scientists have already been working out where its Philae lander may be able to touch down on the piece of rock. Read more...

European Space Agency chooses potential landing sites for its comet probe

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Engadget

Now that the Rosetta spacecraft is orbiting its target comet, the European Space Agency is finalizing the plans for the ship's Philae lander ahead of a historic touchdown on November 11th. The team has picked five potential landing sites that meet...

Europe sees five possible sites for first-ever comet landing

The European Space Agency (ESA) on Monday said it had drawn up a shortlist of five possible sites for carrying out the first-ever landing on a comet. Astronomers have been scrutinising high-definition photos sent back by the RosettaShow More Summary

Europe Launches 2 Satellites— Into Wrong Orbit

The European Space Agency on Friday launched a pair of satellites in the hopes of building a GPS network similar to that of the United States. Problem: They apparently took a wrong turn, and ended up in an elliptical orbit that's lower than the circular one they were supposed to...

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