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Philae comet lander phones home

By - June 14, 2015 3 Pictures

After seven months of hibernation and dwindling hopes, the European Space Agency has announced that its unmanned Philae comet lander has reestablished contact with the Rosetta mothership and mission control. The European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt received the first signals on Saturday at 22:28 CEST, indicating that the lander has warmed up and charged its batteries sufficiently to return to active duty.

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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter detects impact glass

By - June 13, 2015

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has detected deposits of impact glass on the Red Planet that may provide a fresh avenue for investigating the question of whether life ever existed there. The hope is that glass forged in the intense conditions created by an asteroid impact may have preserved microscopic signs of life, as it has here on Earth.

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ESA panoramas allow a virtual tour of the ISS

By - June 10, 2015

ESA has released an interactive panorama that allows the earthbound to take in the interior of the International Space Station (ISS). This first offering allows users to pan around and explore the Columbus space laboratory, which is the agency's single biggest contribution to the ISS and became a permanent fixture in 2008 after being delivered by the Space Shuttle Atlantis.

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LightSail successfully deploys solar sail

By - June 10, 2015

The Planetary Society today confirmed that its LightSail satellite successfully deployed its Mylar solar sail, achieving the main objective of the mission after 19 days in low-Earth orbit. The CubeSat, which is about the size of a loaf of bread, completed transmission of its first image to a ground station at Poly San Luis Obispo in California, showing the sail open and partly spread out.

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Falcon 9 footage shows spectacular spacefall

SpaceX has released stunning footage from a GoPro camera tumbling back to Earth following a recent Falcon 9 launch. The device, fitted in a section of composite fairing that separated from the launch vehicle soon after lift-off, recorded breathtaking views of our planet.

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ESA's mission to de-clutter low-Earth orbit takes a step forward

By - June 5, 2015

ESA's mission to mitigate the environmental impacts on low-Earth orbit from mankind's relentless march into space has entered a new phase, ahead of its make-or-break review before the ESA's Council of Ministers in December 2016. The e.Deorbit program would launch multiple debris-seeking probes into orbit each year, tasked with the removal of defunct satellites and other potentially hazardous man-made objects from low-Earth orbit.

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