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1. An amazing animation of Halley's comet from Vega 1

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 02:01:00 CDT 2012)

With so much talk of asteroids and comets lately I thought it'd be a good time to post this amazing artifact from the past. It's actually not from the very distant past, but it's data from the first framing CCD cameras sent into space, ...

Description: An amazing animation of Halley's comet from Vega 1

2. Europe's Experimental Spaceplane Completes Successful Test Flight

(Web Page; Fri May 29 07:41:00 CDT 2015)

An experimental two-ton spaceplane designed to demonstrate technologies required to return spacecraft from Earth orbit splashed down in the Pacific Ocean this morning after a successful, 100-minute test flight. The European Space Agency&...

Description: The IXV spaceplane, designed to demonstrate reentry technologies, splashed down in the Pacific Ocean this morning after a successful, 100-minute test flight.

3. Sounds of Stardust, and a cool morphed Tempel 1 video

(Web Page; Mon Aug 19 10:20:00 CDT 2013)

Here's two more items from Tuesday's flyby of comet Tempel 1 by the Stardust spacecraft to add to my previous roundup of Tempel 1 data. The first represents data from a dust counting instrument, portrayed as sound: I asked co-inv...

Description: Here's two more items from Tuesday's flyby of comet Tempel 1 by the Stardust spacecraft to add to my previous roundup of Tempel 1 data. The first represents data from a dust counting instrument, portrayed as sound, and the second is a terrific morph animation of the flyby produced by Daniel Macháček.

4. Bulgaria in Space

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 02:00:00 CDT 2012)

In my most recent post on Chandrayaan-1 I mentioned the first results from the RADOM experiment, provided to the Indian mission by the nation of Bulgaria. I also mentioned that "I don't know anything about Bulgaria's previous contributi...

Description: Bulgaria in Space

5. Report from AAS: Exoplanets (and exo-asteroids, and exo-comets) everywhere

(Web Page; Wed Jan 09 12:56:00 CST 2013)

This week the American Astronomical Society (AAS) is meeting in Long Beach. An astonishing fact about the 2013 meeting of the AAS: 30% of all the talks at this meeting are on exoplanets.Just let that sink in for a moment. It wasn't that ...

Description: This year's American Astronomical Society meeting featured tons and tons of news on exoplanets. They're everywhere! And not just planets, but also asteroids, comets, and more....

6. Europlanet : Up high and down low using H2O

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 02:11:00 CDT 2012)

After Kevin was Jacque Blamont of CNES talking about sending balloons to Venus, Mars, and Titan. The principle of flying balloons has been known since 1783 - but they're not a particularly efficient way of carrying a payload around. ...

Description: Europlanet : Up high and down low using H2O

7. Things that probably won't ever be called planets, but maybe they should

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 02:01:00 CDT 2012)

EDIT: I have now posted a single-image version of the scale asteroids and comets montage for your downloading pleasure. --ESLThe longer I listened to the "great planet debate" last week, the more strongly I felt that if it were up to me,...

Description: Things that probably won't ever be called planets, but maybe they should

8. Two Days, Two Launches and Three Landings

(Web Page; Wed Feb 11 16:25:00 CST 2015)

Update, 2-11 5:00 p.m. EST: SpaceX has scrubbed the attempt to land their Falcon 9 rocket's first stage on the drone ship, citing three-story-high waves in the Atlantic Ocean. Update, 2-10 6:00 p.m. EST: The launch of DSCOVR was scrubb...

Description: Within a two-day span, two rocket launches and three ocean landings are scheduled—one of which involves an autonomous spaceport drone ship.

9. Russia's Venera-D mission (DPS-EPSC 2011)

(Web Page; Sun Feb 09 18:34:00 CST 2014)

During the afternoon poster session at the Division of Planetary Sciences / European Planetary Science Congress meeting, I had a long talk with Ludmila Zasova (IKI) about Russia's Venera-D mission to Venus. It has been pushed back to 201...

Description: During the afternoon poster session at the Division of Planetary Sciences / European Planetary Science Congress meeting, I had a long talk with Ludmila Zasova (IKI) about Russia's Venera-D mission to Venus.

10. Is there life on Venus? Not in reprocessed Venera-13 images.

(Web Page; Tue Jul 29 13:25:00 CDT 2014)

At the end of last week, a rather sensational article appeared in both the Russian- and English-language sites of the Russian news agency, RIA Novosti. "Life Spotted on Venus - Russian Scientist," ran the English headline; a Google trans...

Description: At the end of last week, a rather sensational article appeared in both the Russian- and English-language sites of the Russian news agency, RIA Novosti. "Life Spotted on Venus - Russian Scientist," ran the English headline; a Google translation of the Russian one goes: "The Soviet probes may have photographed creatures on Venus."

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