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Summer Shorts: A Cometary Rubber Duck

It’s summer in the northern hemisphere of a small, damp, planet orbiting a middle-aged star in a spiral galaxy of matter enjoying a brief heyday before colliding with another galaxy in some 4 billion orbits of the same small, damp, planet.

July 27, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf

Sneaking up on a Sweaty Comet

Over the coming month the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta mission will fire its main engines no less than eight times to tweak its interplanetary intercept course with Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko; eventually sidling up to the 4 kilometer wide cometary nucleus at about 7.9 meters per second in early August.

June 30, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf

That Comet? That's You, 4.5 Billion Years Ago

As the European Space Agency’s Philae lander bounced and settled onto the surface of comet 67P/C-G’s crumbly nucleus it wasn’t just space exploration, it was time travel.

November 13, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf

Philae's Real-Time Descent and Enceladus's Global Ocean [Video]

This week brings a video reconstructed from images of the Philae lander's approach to a comet, and a major new analysis of data from the Cassini mission that bolsters the case for a global, not just local, ocean beneath the icy crust of Enceladus

September 16, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

The Surreal Task of Landing on a Comet

On November 12th 2014 the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission will eject the small robotic lander Philae on a trajectory that should take it down to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (or 67P/C-P for short).

November 4, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf

La surrealista tarea de aterrizar en un cometa

El 12 de noviembre del 2014, la misión Rosetta de la Agencia Espacial Europea expulsará el pequeño robot explorador Philae en una trayectoria que deberá llevarlo a la superficie del cometa 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko (o 67P / CP).

November 5, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf