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Rosetta and Philae data dump reveals lots about comets

The intrepid pair of exploratory spacecraft, Rosetta and Philae, made history last year when they enabled the first landing on a comet. Although it was a somewhat bumpy touchdown and we haven’t heard much from Philae lately, it turns out we did learn a lot about the comet in the …

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Philae comet lander space probe wakes up

It’s been seven long months since anyone has heard from the Philae lander, which was touched down on a comet, hundreds of millions of miles from earth, in a descent that was fraught with nail biting triumphs. After 60 hours though, its batteries ran dry, as it had managed to land in …

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Rosetta successfully releases Philae Lander for comet descent

Update: The confirmation has come through. Philae has successfully separated from the Rosetta Probe “flawlessly” and now begins its multiple hour descent. This is quite an emotional moment for the Probe’s crew back here on Earth, as Philae and Rosetta have travelled through space inseparably for over 10 years and …

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Rosetta to land on comet in next 36 hours

Remember Rosetta? The little probe that left Earth back in 2004 and spent a near decade taking a jaunt through space so that it could finally enter orbit around the 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko comet? Back in August this year it did just that and many watched it happen live. If that’s something you …

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Watch live as the Rosetta probe circularises comet orbit

Update: It’s done it. Rosetta has reached the comet! The Rosetta Probe was launched into the cosmos over a decade ago back in March 2004, with plans to have it rendezvous with a comet, begin orbiting it – essentially sticking to it like the moon does with the Earth – and eventually …

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Comet survives near solar-miss

Since I’ve been playing Kerbal Space Program all weekend, I figured I had to cover this story today. A comet by the name of Ison, has survived a fly-by with the biggest ball of burning gas in our solar system, the sun, despite the fact that comets are mostly made …

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NASA takes a closer look at super-bright comet

Researchers at the University of Maryland at College Park (UMCP) have been using the Swift telescope to take a closer look at ISON, a comet that could be the brightest one for the past 50 years – though it won’t hit its peak luminosity until it grazes the sun, at a …

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Asteroid that killed dinosaurs was actually a comet

Dinosaurs

It’s generally accepted that whatever created the 180km wide Chicxulub crater in Mexico was the giant rock that wiped out all non-bird-like dinosaurs around 65 million years ago. However there’s a new suggestion that it may not have been an asteroid, but a comet. The reason behind this thinking was …

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Comet closing for good tomorrow with 50 per cent sale

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Comet, one of Britain’s more iconic electronics stores, is set to shut up shop for good from tomorrow, with the 50 per cent – off everything bar high end electronics – sale that ran over the weekend continuing throughout the day. Like HMV’s financial troubles that we reported on earlier …

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Comet dying due to Deloitte’s doomsday deal?

When a company enters administration, one of the first things they do is blow out any remaining stock to get cash in – so that the business can be kept alive while a rescue plan is put in place. Comet seems to be going with a different strategy. KitGuru drives …

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Comet likely to enter administration

Comet

High street electrical retailer Comet, is looking likely to enter administration sometime in the next week, putting more than 6,000 employees at risk of losing their jobs. Comet has been struggling for a while now, though it was thought when it was bought by OpCapita just less than a year …

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