A well-known asteroid is spectacularly disintegrating before astronomers’ eyes.
The meteorite only lives as it is falling.
Biology — it may literally be out of this world.
Phosphates forged in space made their way to Earth on comets and asteroid.
Even before it actually started doing science, TESS sent back awesome footage of a passing comet.
I wonder if it smells stale.
Pluto just got weirder.
Literally out of this world.
Turns out, planet farts are just like ours, but with chlorine!
Asteroids of a feather flock together. Sometimes into a comet.
Comets are far more geologically active than we thought.
There may have been a bang.
As Rosetta’s mission draws close to an end, its high-resolution camera snapped a few photos of the Philae lander.
Researchers have documented a more familiar curiosity: what dust particles on a comet look like.
November 8 – it is the birthday of the famous English astronomer, geophysicist, mathematician, meteorologist, and physicist who is best known for computing the orbit of the eponymous Halley’s Comet.
For the first time, astronomers have detected primordial oxygen gassing out from a comet
It’s ludicrous, but it might just be crazy enough to work. On Monday, during the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics SPACE conference, Masahiro Ono unveiled one of NASA’s most recent concepts: hitching a ride on a comet. In short, once a spacecraft is close enough it would launch a tether with a harpoon on the other side, attach to the comet or asteroid then basically reel in until touch down. Once there the probe stays put, recharging its batteries by harvesting energy all while performing some science experiments. When it’s done, the probe can detach in search of a new piggyback ride.
Rosetta is a robotic space probe built and launched by the European Space Agency. Along with Philae, its lander module, the craft is performing a detailed study of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The probe usually orbits 67P at a distance of a few hundred kilometers. Footage received from Rosetta over the last year showed a number of dust jets coming from the comet,
The European Space Agency has confirmed that the Rosetta mission will continue until at least September 2016, when it will most likely land on a comet called Comet 67P.
Just like a deep fried scoop of ice cream, comets, such as the much heralded Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko which saw a spaceship land on it last year, are thought to be frozen on the inside, wheres the surface is hard and crystallized. The team of scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) believe the findings further expand our knowledge on comets. Some suggest that life on Earth first emerged thanks to key organic molecules and compounds brought forth by comets colliding with our planet. The more we know, the better we can assess these sort of ideas and, if found viable, how often such events might happen in the Universe.