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Rosetta mission success: comet landing a go!

Rosetta mission success: comet landing a go!

This morning the ESA Space Probe Rosetta has successfully sent a lander to a comet. This was the first time humanity has ever accomplished such a task. It's been confirmed as of 10:05 AM Central Time that the Philae Lander has touched down and that the Rosetta craft is indeed receiving signals from the surface of the comet. This 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is the first comet to have been landed on by a human-sent craft in space. Now we begin the wait for photos from the surface.

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ESA Rosetta Probe finds comet smells like a litter box

ESA Rosetta Probe finds comet smells like a litter box

The European Space Agency sent a probe into space to link up with a comet many months ago called Rosetta. The comet that was the target for the probe is known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Already the probe has been able to send back some of the most detailed images of the surface of a comet that we have ever seen. The probe has also been gathering data on other aspects of the comet, such as what sort of molecules are being emitting.

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GOCE gravity-measuring satellite gives in to gravity

GOCE gravity-measuring satellite gives in to gravity

The GOCE satellite we reported to be falling to Earth has finally succumbed to gravity entirely, breaking up into dozens of remnants weighing 20-25% of its original one ton, reports the BBC. It didn't strike any populated areas as it showered down this Sunday afternoon. Interestingly, the extremely low-orbiting observation satellite was designed in 2009 to run out of orbit-maintaining fuel right about now and fall, just, you know, anywhere. No big deal.

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Clean up space or suffer satellite destruction warns ESA

Clean up space or suffer satellite destruction warns ESA

Space debris that could potentially disrupt future satellites or even space travel must be actively cleared, with nets, harpoons, and other collection methods all under consideration, the European Space Agency concluded today. Although expensive, the tidy-up of space is essential if we're not to face even bigger bills for replacing damaged satellites, the ESA warned after the 6th European Conference on Space Debris held this week; in fact, the agency argues, the issue is akin to the problems recognized around climate change two decades ago.

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Universe is 80 million years older than previously thought

Universe is 80 million years older than previously thought

The universe is billions of years old, but new research suggests that it's a bit older than we all originally thought. According to the European Space Agency, who looked at the findings by its Planck space probe, the universe is actually around 80 million years older than previously expected, making it just over 13.8 billion years old now.

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