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Science Correspondent — BBC
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BBC Science Correspondent

Europe signs on to Orion venture

bbc.co.uk — The European Space Agency and Airbus have signed a contract that will see the aerospace giant build the "back end" of America's new manned spaceship. The US intends to use its Orion capsule to send astronauts to an asteroid and eventually to Mars.

Comet lander: Camera sees Philae's hairy landing

bbc.co.uk — High-resolution pictures have now been released of the Philae probe in the act of landing on Comet 67P last Wednesday. They were acquired by the Narrow Angle Camera on the Rosetta satellite, which had dropped the little robot towards the surface of the "ice mountain."

Philae comet lander sends more data before losing power

bbc.com — The Philae lander on the distant comet 67P has sent another stream of data back to Earth before losing power. The little probe delivered everything expected from it, just as its failing battery dropped it into standby mode. Philae is pressed up against a cliff.

Comet lander: Philae sends data from surface

bbc.co.uk — The Philae lander has re-established radio contact with its orbiting Rosetta satellite and is sending data from the surface of the Comet 67P. It ends a tense wait for the European Space Agency (Esa), amid fears that the lander's battery was about to die.

'Time for risks' with comet lander

bbc.co.uk — Scientists working on Philae comet lander say it is time to take more risks with the probe, amid fears battery might die in hours.

Rosetta mission: Countdown to historic comet landing

bbc.co.uk — History beckons for the European Space Agency on Wednesday as it attempts to put a small probe on a comet. Previous missions have flown by these "ice mountains" but no-one has ever emplaced a surface lander before. Esa's Rosetta satellite will drop the probe on to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from an altitude of 20km.

Rosetta mission: Countdown to historic comet landing

bbc.com — History beckons for the European Space Agency on Wednesday as it attempts to put a small probe on a comet. Previous missions have flown by these "ice mountains" but no-one has ever emplaced a surface lander before. Esa's Rosetta satellite will drop the probe on to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from an altitude of 20km.

Rosetta mission: 'Looking good' for comet landing bid

bbc.co.uk — European Space Agency officials say all looks good ahead of this week's historic bid to land on a comet. Esa's Rosetta satellite will despatch its piggybacked Philae probe to the surface of the "ice mountain" known as 67P on Wednesday. Controllers report both mothership and descent robot to be in excellent shape.

Rosetta comet mission: Landing site named 'Agilkia'

bbc.co.uk — The landing site on a comet to be targeted by Europe's Philae robot on 12 November has been named "Agilkia" following a public competition. It continues the Egyptian theme for the mission - being an island in the Nile. Philae will be ejected towards Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by its carrier spacecraft, Rosetta, on the morning of 12 November.

Virgin Galactic crash: Pilots' actions analysed

bbc.co.uk — Investigators probing the Virgin SpaceShipTwo accident have established a "human performance" team to help them understand the actions of the pilots. The new group will look at how the men interacted with the vehicle, and the design and layout of the systems they used to control the craft.
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Nov 23, 2014

RT @SarcasticRover: Astronauts always look pretty bad-ass considering that they're wearing diapers.

Nov 21, 2014

RT @ESA_Rosetta: Getting closer to finding #CometLanding site with CONSERT experiment on me & @philae2014: ow.ly/EFg6T http://t.…

Nov 21, 2014

RT @RosettaSD2: Analyzing ROLIS image of the soil under @Philae2014 pixel by pixel with ROLIS team to detect signs of SD2 action. Distance still unknown.

Nov 20, 2014

RT @melissasuzanneh: It sure is hot down there: the hottest part of Earth's crust bbc.com/earth/story/20… first piece for @bbcearth pic.twitter.com/MfeQLjB9en

Nov 19, 2014

RT @davidshukmanbbc: Coming up on @BBCRadio4 shortly: one year after Britain's worst winter, who should pay for flood defence? bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04…

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