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Rosetta to deploy lander on November 12

The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission will deploy its lander, Philae, to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Nov. 12. Philae's landing site, currently known as Site J, is located on the smaller of the comet's two "lobes," with a backup site on the larger lobe.

This time-lapse video shows lightning, an aurora, and a sunrise — from space

10 hours agoHealth : The Checkup

Yet another reason to become an astronaut: You get to make the best time-lapse videos in the whole solar system. In the video above, European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst condenses a complete orbit of our planet (which takes the International Space Station about 90 minutes) into a one-minute video. Show More Summary

Antarctica Is Losing So Much Ice It's Throwing Off Earth's Gravity

11 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Rising sea levels inundating coastal cities are the least of our global warming problems. According to a new report by the European Space Agency, the loss of snowpack along the antarctic ice shelf is throwing off Earth's gravitational field. Yeah, pretty sure that's bad. Read more...

Primordial Signals from the Big Bang? New Planck Space Observatory Findings Casts Doubt on the March Discovery

A map of interstellar dust unveiled today from the obtained by the European Space Agency's Planck space observatory has substantially reduced the chances that a South Pole telescope (above) glimpsed gravitational waves from the Big Bang, as was claimed in...

Gravity shift reveals West Antarctic ice loss

2 days agoNews : The Raw Story

The West Antarctic Ice Sheet is headed toward “unstoppable” collapse according to recent studies. A new visual released by the European Space Agency show what the start of that collapse looks like both for the mass of the ice sheet and its signature on the planet’s gravitational field....

European Space Agency sets Nov 12 date for comet landing

4 days agoNews : The Raw Story

Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft will attempt on November 12 to land a robot lab on a comet hurtling through deep space in a first for humankind, a statement said Friday. Ten days after unveiling the preferred landing spot on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency (ESA) has now...

7 Gadgets Rosetta Is Sending To The Surface Of The Comet

Last week, the European Space Agency announced a final date — November 11 — for when it will release its Rosetta lander, a tiny pod called Philae, down to the surface of the comet. Like a cosmic hobo carrying a stick and bindle, it will travel laden with only the essentials. Thanks to Universe Today, ESA, and NASA, we know what it’s bringing. More »      

Fourth Dragon for commercial resupply services arrives at International Space Station

The Dragon commercial cargo craft has completed a two day trip to the International Space Station after launching early Sunday morning. NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst were at the controls of the robotics workstation in the Cupola when the Canadarm2 grappled Dragon at 6:52 a.m. EDT Tuesday.

India makes history with successful Mars Orbiter Mission

India joins the ranks of Martian explorers, including the former USSR, United States and European Space Agency

Cosmic dust proves prevalent

Space dust accounts for at least some of the possible signal of cosmic inflation the BICEP2 experiment announced in March. How much remains to be seen. Space is full of dust, according to a new analysis from the European Space Agency’s...Show More Summary

Comet landing mission: 'J' marks the spot for Rosetta's lander

The European Space Agency's Rosetta's lander, Philae, will target Site J, an intriguing region on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko that offers unique scientific potential, with hints of activity nearby, and minimum risk to the lander compared to the other candidate sites. Show More Summary

Humans Just Got Our First Close-Up Look At A Comet And It's Mind-Blowing

Ten years ago the European Space Agency launched Rosetta, a first-of-its-kind spacecraft on a mission to meet a comet. That comet? 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. It finally accomplished that goal earlier this month — getting into the comet's orbit. Show More Summary

Is There a UFO on Comet 67P?

This image is traveling around the Internet faster than a cat with a mustache. The European Space Agency released an image of Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko, Comet 67P for short, taken by the Rosetta space probe as it gets closer to its landing on the surface in November. Do...

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

2 weeks 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

2 weeks 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

2 weeks 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

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