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Satellites duck one comet, while another looks like a Duck

High over southern hemisphere winter skies this last week the stage was set for two astonishing encounters with comets. One which has long been planned, is the European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe to periodical comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which as the spacecraft’s cameras revealed is double barrelled in structure as well as name. Rosetta will rendezvous [...]

Gaza-Israel conflict: a chilling snapshot from space

A German astronaut with the European Space Agency is showing the world what the fighting between Gaza and Israel looks like from space. Alexander Gerst captured two very similar images recently from the International Space Station. They reveal city lights, but also explosions and missile or rocket trails streaming across the sky. Show More Summary

This week in science: space balls

This week the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft closed in on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and resolved this unusual shape. Its spinning fairly quickly and stretching around 3 miles across at the widest. Astronomers call it a binary comet, presumably made of two smaller objects that didn't quite finish merging an unknown time ago. Show More Summary

ESA prepares IXV concept spaceplane for maiden flight

The European Space Agency is preparing to test the atmospheric re-entry capabilities of its new early concept spaceplane, the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV). The test flight is slated for launch in November atop a European made...Show More Summary

Rosetta spacecraft approaching twofold comet

As the European Space Agency's spacecraft Rosetta is slowly approaching its destination, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the comet is again proving to be full of surprises. New images obtained by OSIRIS, the onboard scientific imaging system, confirm the body's peculiar shape hinted at in earlier pictures. Comet 67P is obviously different from other comets visited so far.

Space Probe Chasing 'Rubber Duck' Comet

Space may have found itself a mascot: a double comet some say looks an awful lot like a giant rubber duck. The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe has been gaining on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko since reawakening this year, hoping to send a lander to its surface. Now that it's a bit...

Things We Saw Today: That’s No Moon - In space, no one can rear you scream.

last weekOdd : Geekosystem

Boy, this image of Comet 67P that was taken by the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft looks like something, but I can't put my finger on just butt it is. Err, what it is. Go check out some more details on the ESA website.

Rosetta’s Comet Looks Like a Rubber Ducky or Marshmallow Peep - Comet Churymov-Gerasimenko you're the one. You make bath time lots of fun.

last weekOdd : Geekosystem

The European Space Agency(ESA) got a closer look at Comet Churymov-Gerasimenko that their Rosetta spacecraft is approaching and discovered it's a contact binary – two differently-sized objects in close contact. That's an exciting discovery, but as UC Berkeley astronomer Alex Parker pointed out it looks like a rubber ducky and that's arguably more exciting.

Incredible time-lapse video shows Earth from 250 miles away

Alexander Gerst, an astronaut at the European Space Agency, is taking space to a new level: He recorded a time-lapse video from the International Space Station. Gerst caught the footage as the ISS flew over Brazil and the Atlantic Ocean at speeds roughly 18,000 miles per hour, from approximately 250 miles above Earth. Show More Summary

Astronaut celebrates Germany’s World Cup victory in space

Just like our @DFB_Team_EN I have fantastic support from my crew. Congrats from #ISS to the #WorldChamp. Great game! — Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex) July 13, 2014 European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst...Show More Summary

New Time-Lapse Video Of Earth From Space Is Your Monday Moment Of Zen

2 weeks agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Alexander Gerst, an astronaut from the European Space Agency, recorded this time-lapse video from the International Space Station as it flew over Brazil and the Atlantic Ocean at speeds close to 18,000 miles per hour, 250 miles above the Earth. Read more...

After 10 Years in Space, This Probe Is About to Catch a Comet

After a 4.3 billion-mile nonstop flight, Rosetta is about to reach its destination. The European Space Agency vehicle has spent a decade circling our solar system in pursuit of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. And to prepare for the trip, ESA tested and equipped the vessel for any cosmic curveballs it might encounter on the way.

Stunning New Close-Ups Of The Largest Crater On Mars

2 weeks agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The European Space Agency has released new images of the Hellas basin, which formed around four billion years ago when a small asteroid crashed into the Red Planet, creating an impact crater 1,400 miles wide and 26,465 feet deep. Read more...

Cute European Space Agency Animation Shows Philae Impatiently Asking Rosetta “Are We There Yet?” - How about now? Now? Are we there now? How about now?

2 weeks agoOdd : Geekosystem

The ESA's Rosetta spacecraft is on a decade-long mission to bring the Philae lander to comet 67P/Churyumov--Gerasimenko. They're getting close, but it's a long trip. From this animation it looks like Philae is getting a little impatient to reach the comet and start doing some science.

Nope, This Isn't An Oil Painting

Briefly: It’s the windswept valleys of Northern Africa as photographed by Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency. Pretty, huh? [NASA] More »      

Nope, this isn't an oil painting: it's the windswept valleys of Northern Africa as photographed by F

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Nope, this isn't an oil painting: it's the windswept valleys of Northern Africa as photographed by Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency. Pretty, huh? [NASA] Read more...

Athena Observatory helping solve mysteries of the universe

The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected the Athena X-ray Observatory as its second 'Large-class' science mission in the 21st Century, which will help answer vital questions about the universe.

Can a 'Dropship Quadcopter' Deploy Rovers on Mars?

The idea may not be practical (or sane), but the European Space Agency is working on it anyway

Watch Engineers Test Their New Martian Dropship

3 weeks agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Inspired by the Skycrane that NASA devised to safely land Curiosity on the surface of Mars, the European Space Agency has unveiled its own version of the rover-on-a-rope concept: the Dropter. Read more...

ESA’s Rosetta Brought Us a GIF of a Moving Comet From Way out in Space - My own reaction GIF-making seems even more trivial now...

3 weeks agoOdd : Geekosystem

A few months ago, we got the first images from the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission of the comet they're tracking, but at the time, it was no more than an extra bright pixel. Well, now it's several extra-bright pixels, so Rosetta made us a GIF!

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