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Rocket Videos: Delta IV Medium+ to track space debris and Ariane V to send cargo to the ISS

First we’ve got the Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) from Cape Canaveral Air Station carrying two satellites intended to supplement the USAF’s Space Fence and track objects in orbit from above, improving awareness of much smaller debris as well as a small experimental satellite. 23 more words

Space

Gaia commissioning was successfully finished - and routine observations have started

Yes, finally we can spread the news: The In-Orbit Commissioning Review (IOCR) for Gaia was successfully concluded on July 18. The ESA Gaia project team handed over the responsibility for the satellite to the Gaia mission team under the leadership of Wil O’Mullane, the new Gaia Mission Manager. 175 more words

Rosetta spacecraft nears 'rubber ducky' comet

TORONTO – It’s not Bruce Willis landing on an asteroid, but it’s still pretty exciting.

On Aug. 6, the Rosetta spacecraft, a joint mission by… 423 more words

Science

Image of the Day: 29/7/14

(Photo Credit: ESA/Herschel/PACS/HerM33es Key Programme/C. Kramer/M. Boquien)

This is the nearby M33 galaxy, also known as the Triangulum Galaxy, pictured blossoming with star birth.

Image Of The Day

HUBBLE VIEWS DWARF GALAXY ESO 540-31 FROM 11 MILLION LIGHT YEARS

Image Credit & Copyright: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope & Luca Limatola.

Dwarf galaxies are hidden gems of the local universe.  When I say hidden, in this case I actually mean it as these objects are usually just too dim to observe readily.  305 more words

Images

Rosetta's on board cameras capture even more details of comet 67P

(Some of the latest images of comet 67P – Photo Credit: ESA)

9 days and just over 2000 kilometres separate the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft and comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and now the comet’s largest features are beginning to stand out in the space craft’s OSIRIS narrow angle camera. 324 more words

ESA

Images of the Day: 28/7/14

(Photo Credit: Alexander Gerst/ESA)

Expedition 40 Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst has been taking more amazing pictures of the Sahara desert from the International Space Station.

The International Space Station