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To the Rt Hon Greg Clark

Time to challenge ESA’s priorities

The greatest political dilemma of our age arises from the facts that a free, democratic society needs to be founded on a condition of continual economic growth, whereas planet Earth can only sustain a finite amount of material growth, and it is widely accepted that the limits to that growth are already being approached. 174 more words

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New Mystery in One of Titan's Largest Hydrocarbon Seas

Saturn’s large moon, Titan–the potential fuel depot of the future if we continue to rely upon hydrocarbon technology–has been under scrutiny for some time, and recently NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has detected an unexplained, changing feature in Ligeia Mare, one of Titan’s largest hydrocarbon seas. 332 more words

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Antarctic ice loss is changing the Earth's gravity

Antarctic ice loss has been so severe in the last few years that it’s changing something that might surprise you: gravity.

Scientists weren’t looking to find a link between receding ice and the Earth’s gravitational variances but, while analyzing data from the… 307 more words

Technology

Philae gets November 12th date for touchdown.

For the primary landing scenario, targeting Site J, Rosetta will release Philae at 08:35 GMT/09:35 CET at a distance of 22.5 km from the centre of the comet, landing about seven hours later. 136 more words

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European Space Agency select date for historic comet landing

(Philae’s landing site – Photo Credit: ESA/Rosetta et al)

The European Space Agency have announced that the Rosetta spacecraft will deploy its lander, Philae, to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on November 12.  393 more words

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European Space Agency Sets Date For Comet Landing

BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency says it will attempt to land the first spacecraft on a comet on Nov. 12.

It says the maneuver will take about seven hours starting from the moment its unmanned probe Rosetta releases the 100-kilogram lander at 0835 GMT (0335 EST). 120 more words

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Comet on 24 September – ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM

Four-image NAVCAM mosaic of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, using images taken on 24 September 2014 when Rosetta was 28.5 km from the comet.

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