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On December 5, 2014, Orion launched atop a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex Flight Test on the Orion Flight Test: a two-orbit, four-hour flight that tested many of the systems most critical to safety.

 

 

 

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Europe's Comet Chaser

 

 

Click Here for more Info and Images.In November 1993, the International Rosetta Mission was approved as a Cornerstone Mission in ESA's Horizons 2000 Science Programme.

Since then, scientists and engineers from all over Europe and the United States have been combining their talents to build an orbiter and a lander for this unique expedition to unravel the secrets of a mysterious 'mini' ice world – a comet.

The adventure began March 2004, when a European Ariane 5 rocket lifted off from Kourou in French Guiana.

It is now just 10 km from the centre of the 4 km-wide body.

Rosetta will release Philae at 08:35 GMT/09:35 CET on 12 November at a distance of approximately 22.5 km from the centre of the comet. Landing will be about seven hours later at around 15:30 GMT/16:30 CET.

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Bone up on Mars Rock Shapes

 

 

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No bones about it! Seen by Mars rover Curiosity using its MastCam, this Mars rock may look like a femur thigh bone. Mission science team members think its shape is likely sculpted by erosion, either wind or water.

 

 

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OSIRIS WAC images of asteroid (2867) Steins

 

 

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Images of asteroid (2867) Steins taken by the OSIRIS Wide Angle Camera on  Rosetta during the fly-by of 5 September 2008.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Orion’s Flight Test Rocket Moves to
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October 1, 2014 

 

The rocket that will carry an Orion spacecraft into orbit for the first time was moved to Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Monday. Assembled inside the Horizontal Integration Facility adjacent to LC-37, the United Launch Alliance Delta IVHeavy will be lifted into its vertical position later.

 

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Fairing Installed Over Orion 

 

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Engineers installed a four-piece fairing over Orion during the weekend as the spacecraft continues its steady march toward launch in December.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Milky Way Viewed From the International Space Station

 

 

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 Sept. 28, 2014

 

NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman captured this image from the International Space Station and posted it to social media on Sept. 28, 2014, writing, "The Milky Way steals the show from Sahara sands that make the Earth glow orange."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


First Sampling Hole in Mount Sharp 

 

09.25.2014

Click HereThis image from the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the first sample-collection hole drilled in Mount Sharp, the layered mountain that is the science destination of the rover's extended mission.

The hole is 0.63 inch (1.6 centimeters) in diameter and about 2.6 inches (6.7 centimeters) deep, at a target called "Confidence Hills" on the "Pahrump Hills" outcrop at the base of the mountain.

This is a merged-focus image product combining information from multiple images that MAHLI took from a position 2 inches (5 centimeters) away from the target. The images were taken on Sept. 24, 2014, during the 759th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars.

 

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Wonder at Waters

 

April 23, 2014

 

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Ever since MESSENGER entered orbit about Mercury in 2011, the dark impact melt flow of Waters crater has been a feature of interest. Targeted color imaging showed the distinctive blue color of the impact melt flow, inspiring the crater to be named for blues legend Muddy Waters in 2012. In 2013, this high-resolution image was acquired, revealing stunning new details of the impact melt flow beyond those visible previously

 

 

 

Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

 

 

 

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