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Comet Lander Philae Wakes up, Sends Signals via Mothership Rosetta

The comet landing of Philae enthralled the entire mankind in November last but soon it went into hibernation and the European space Agency thought it was lost forever on the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. When its mothership Rosetta landed the robotic space lander Philae, it created an unprecedented record but soon turned silent as it fell on the darker side of the ...

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NASA Turns Traffic Police on Mars to Stop Collision of MAVEN with India’s Mangalyaan, Other 3

US space agency NASA has begun the process of monitoring the orbit paths of its own MAVEN, India’s Mangalyaan, European Mars Express, its own old redundant missions to avoid collision after January 2015 incident. On Jan. 3, 2015, it was found that two weeks later, MAVEN and MRO (both NASA missions) could come within about two miles (three kilometers) of ...

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Rosetta Captures Jets on Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, to Move Closer on Sunday

Comet-orbiting Rosetta’s navigation camera has taken an image from a distance of 124 km from the centre of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 6 February 2015, which has some jets of material shooting off the comet’s neck. The 1024 x 1024 pixel image frame has a resolution of 10.6 m/pixel and measures 10.8 km across and was processed to bring out the ...

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ESA’s Rosetta Orbiter Likely to Pounce on Comet in February 2015

The orbiting Rosetta spacecraft of European Space Agency is likely to return within six km of the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in February 2015. The flyby will be the closest the comet explorer will come during its prime mission. “It is the earliest we could carry it out without impacting the vitally important bound orbits that are currently being flown,” ...

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Bad Weather: Japan’s Hayabusa-2 Launch Delayed, Likely to Launch on December 1

The bad weather caused the space agency of Japan to delay the Saturday launch of Hayabusa-2 spacecraft, which was set to land on a carbon-rich asteroid named 1999 JU3, on Saturday. The launch can now be expected on December 1. Scheduled to lift off from the Tanegashima Space Centre in Japan, Hayabusa-2’s target is a 900-metre-long space rock that is ...

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