Final Rosetta Photos Show Comet 67P In ‘Chilling’ Detail

And the meek (and little guys) shall inherit the space age. Take a look at the photos and news that have flooded science journals, youtube and online blogs and astro sites about the small fry of the solar system, asteroids and comets. How lucky to live in this time when mere points of light through…
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Must-See Video Of A Real Snow Storm On A Comet

Snow storm on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko At first I thought it was fake, but the source is the European Space Agency and the images are real. You’re seeing a sequence of still photos taken by the Rosetta spacecraft as it orbited Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on June 1, 2016. Individual photos were compiled into a short animation by Twitter…
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See What Comets And Blizzards Have In Common

If you’ve ever driven through a snowstorm you know how disorienting it can be. Millions of flakes rebounding off your windshield. White-out conditions. It’s not so different for a spacecraft orbiting a comet. The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission had a similar experience, for more than two years, as it flew alongside Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko between 2014…
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Rubber Ducky II — Radar Reveals Spinning, Twin-Lobed Comet

When the first close range photos of Rosetta’s Comet started coming in, a few of us joked it looked just like one of those rubber ducks we played with as kids in the bathtub. Only this duck was made of porous ice and dust and 2.5 miles (4 km) wide, though I suspect it would…
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Rosetta Bites The Comet Dust / Aurora V3.0

At 5:19 a.m. Central time this morning, the fabulously successful Rosetta mission to Comet 67P/C-G came to an end. At that time, European mission control heard the last signal from the spacecraft before it crashed down on the comet’s surface. Now settled in for a long, long nap — one that will last an eternity…
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