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Philae Gets A Google Doodle (Already)

Philae Gets A Google Doodle (Already)

By Chris Crum November 12, 2014

Philae, European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) Rosetta mission probe, has soft-landed on a comet. This is the first time in history this has been done. It didn’t take Google long to whip up a Doodle to celebrate this amazing feat. “Our …

NASA, CNES Team Up For Mars Lander Project NASA, CNES Team Up For Mars Lander Project

This week NASA and the Centre national d’études spatiales (the French space agency, CNES) signed an agreement to work towards a future Mars lander set to launch in 2016. The mission is known as the Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, …

Mars Rover Curiosity Has Now Driven Over 3 Miles Mars Rover Curiosity Has Now Driven Over 3 Miles

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Following a few hiccups and a software upgrade during the holiday season, Mars rover Curiosity is now back to doing what it does best. NASA today revealed that Curiosity is currently on its way to drill another rock sample. The …

Water Vapor Discovered on Dwarf Planet Ceres Water Vapor Discovered on Dwarf Planet Ceres

Astronomers today announced that water vapor has been detected around Ceres. Ceres is the largest object in our solar system’s asteroid belt and has been classified as a dwarf planet, like Pluto. The discovery is the first time water vapor …

Rosetta Spacecraft Successfully Reactivated Rosetta Spacecraft Successfully Reactivated

The European Space Agency (ESA) today announced that the Rosetta spacecraft has successfully reactivated. The probe has been traveling in a suspended state beyond the orbit of Jupiter since June 2011. Rosetta’s internal alarm functioned as planned and the spacecraft …

Mars Rover Curiosity Got a Software Upgrade For Xmas Mars Rover Curiosity Got a Software Upgrade For Xmas

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While people on Earth were finishing up their Christmas shopping last week, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity was receiving its own Christmas gift in the form of new software. According to NASA, Curiosity has now received its third software upgrade since …

Water Vapor Detected on Jupiter’s Moon Europa Water Vapor Detected on Jupiter’s Moon Europa

New research published this week in the journal Science Express has revealed that there is water vapor in the atmosphere of Jupiter‘s moon Europa. The vapor was detected by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope over the moon’s south pole. Though the …

Mars Rover Curiosity Dates a Rock Mars Rover Curiosity Dates a Rock

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Mars rover Curiosity has been on Mars now for over one year. In that time the rover has performed a variety of science observations, revealing to scientists even more about the surface of the red planet. Today, NASA announced that …

Mars Rover Curiosity Has Fired its Laser a Lot Mars Rover Curiosity Has Fired its Laser a Lot

NASA today officially announced that Mars rover Curiosity has fired its infrared laser more than 102,000 times. The 100,000th blast came back near the end of October, when the rover shot over 300 blasts at a rock named “Ithaca” from …

New Saturn North Pole Storm Images Released

NASA today released new images of Saturn taken by the Cassini spacecraft. The images are the highest-ever resolution photos of the planet’s north pole. The images depict the so-called “hexagon” jet stream located near the north pole of Saturn. The …

Mars Rover Curiosity Resumes Roving

NASA today announced that Mars rover Curiosity resumed its exploration of Mars this weekend. The rover’s exploration had been suspended last week following an unexpected electrical issue. This is the second time in November that Curiosity has been reactivated following …

Mars Rover Curiosity Halted Over Electrical Issue

NASA today announced that Mars rover Curiosity‘s planned research has been suspended temporarily. The rover is still functional, but has been put on hold while researchers examine an electricity issue that has been detected. This news comes just a week …

NASA Successfully Launches its MAVEN Mission to Mars
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On Monday afternoon NASA successfully launched its Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) probe from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The probe’s solar arrays were deployed soon after it’s final rocket stage, sending it on its months-long journey to the planet …

Mars Rover Curiosity is Back in Action
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NASA today announced that Mars rover Curiosity is now out of safe mode and operating normally. The rover had rebooted into safe mode unexpectedly last week while transferring data between the rover and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Curiosity is expected …

ESA Names ExoMars Lander ‘Schiaparelli’

The European Space Agency (ESA) today announced that the landing module for its 2016 ExoMars mission has been officially named “Schiaparelli.” The name refers to 19th century astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli. Schiaparelli is best known for describing the surface features of …

Mars Rover Curiosity Drove Itself For Two Days
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NASA this week announced that Mars rover Curiosity this weekend drove itself over the surface of Mars for two days. The rover used its autonomous driving mode to scope out driving routes on its own, traveling 262 feet closer to …

Rosetta Spacecraft to Wake Up In January
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The European Space Agency (ESA) today marked a milestone in the Rosetta mission to study comets. After being launched nearly one decade ago the spacecraft is now nearing its main objective, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. In 100 days time, the Rosetta probe …