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Fri Feb 12



Rosetta Orbiter to Swoop Down On Comet in February
jpl.nasa.gov [COMET]
The European Space Agencys orbiting Rosetta spacecraft is expected to come within four miles (six kilometers) of the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in February of next year. [...]




Fri Feb 12



Gravitational Waves: What Their Discovery Means for Science and Humanity
Space [WAVES]
The first-ever direct detection of gravitational waves will open up an entirely new window on the universe, researchers say. [...]




Fri Feb 12



Asteroid Named for Nobel Prize Winner Joins Historic Lineup
jpl.nasa.gov [ASTEROID]
An asteroid discovered by NASAs NEOWISE spacecraft has a new designation: 316201 Malala, to honor Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan, who received the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. [...]




Fri Feb 12



Dawn Holding in Second Mapping Orbit
jpl.nasa.gov [DAWN]
NASAs Dawn spacecraft is healthy and stable, after experiencing an anomaly in the system that controls its orientation. [...]




Fri Feb 12



Weekly Space Hangout – Feb. 12, 2016: Amy Shira Teitel
Universetoday [SPACE]
Host: Fraser Cain (fcain) Special Guest: Amy Shira Teitel, Author of "Breaking the Chains of Gravity" that was released in the States on January 12, 2016. Contributing writer for Vintage Space column on Popular Science, and host at Discovery News. Guests: Morgan Rehnberg (cosmicchatter.org / MorganRehnberg ) Jolene Creighton (fromquarkstoquasars.com / futurism) Their stories this The post <a rel="nofollow" href=" [...]




Fri Feb 12



Moon, Regulus, and Jupiter
Stardate.org [MOON]
A bright star and an even brighter planet flank the full Moon tonight. The star Regulus, the heart of Leo, stands above the Moon, while the much brighter planet Jupiter is about the same distance to the lower left of the Moon. [...]




Fri Feb 12



NASA maps part of Plutos complex terrain
Engadget [NASA]
Plutos surface looks pretty textured even from afar, but you may still be surprised by how complex its terrain actually is. This new color-coded geological map illustrates that complexity more clearly. It covers 1,290 miles of the dwarf planet, including the left side of Plutos heart-shaped region and its surrounding areas. NASA has identified and labeled the texture and morphology of everything that falls within the rectangular map. The cracked, bluish part in the center, for instance, repres [...]




Fri Feb 12



OK Go Releases First Zero-G Music Video
Space [VIDEO]
On Thursday (Feb. 11), OK Go — whose members famously danced on treadmills in the video for their 2005 song "Here It Goes Again" — released the music industrys first zero-g video. [...]




Fri Feb 12



New Names and Insights at Ceres
jpl.nasa.gov [CERES]
Colorful new maps of Ceres, based on NASAs Dawn spacecraft data, showcase a diverse topography, with dramatic height differences between crater bottoms and mountain peaks. [...]




Thu Feb 11



Rosetta Lander Captured Before/After Bounce
jpl.nasa.gov [LANDER]
The descent of its comet lander Philae was captured by the Rosetta spacecrafts main camera as the lander approached - and then rebounded off - the comets surface. [...]

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