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Scifi short promotes Rosetta comet mission

bbc.co.uk — The European Space Agency has released a short scifi movie to promote its audacious Rosetta comet mission. Called, suitably, Ambition, it stars Game of Thrones' Aidan Gillen and actress Aisling Franciosi as master and apprentice on an alien world. In the seven-minute drama, the pair discuss the presence of water on planets and the origin of life.

Tiny turtles tracked on swimming frenzy

bbc.co.uk — Tiny tags have been used to follow the frenetic first hours in a loggerhead turtle's life. When these reptiles emerge from their beach nests, they race down to the sea and start swimming hell for leather. Their intention is to get as far off shore as possible, away from coastal predators and into currents that will sweep them out into the open ocean.

Slumbering lions win top wildlife photo prize

bbc.com — A stark image of lions resting on a rock outcrop in the Serengeti has won the 2014 Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) Award. Continue reading the main story Michael "Nick" Nichols tracked the pride of big cats for six months before capturing this stunning shot, which stretches all the way to the horizon and includes a dramatic African sky.

Slumbering lions win top wildlife photo prize

bbc.co.uk — A stark image of lions resting on a rock outcrop in the Serengeti has won the 2014 Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) Award. American Nick Nichols tracked the pride of big cats for six months before capturing this stunning shot, which stretches all the way to the horizon and includes a dramatic African sky.

Comet Siding Spring set to whizz close to Mars

bbc.co.uk — Scientists should get a grandstand view of a comet on Sunday when it makes a dramatic flyby of Mars. The icy object, known as Siding Spring, will miss the Red Planet by what is - in astronomical terms - just a hair's breadth, or 139,500km (87,000 miles).

Rosetta mission: Comet landing gets green light

bbc.co.uk — The decision to try to land a robot on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Wednesday 12 November is confirmed. Last month, planners on Europe's Rosetta mission announced a preference for a touch-down location on the head of the icy, rubber-duck-shaped object. A detailed follow-up analysis, informed by new high-resolution pictures, has found no reason to rescind the choice.

Rosetta mission: Philae comet lander pictures its target

bbc.co.uk — The Philae robot, soon to try to land on Comet 67P, has taken another dramatic image of its quarry The picture is very similar to the one it acquired in mid-September - only this one is much closer, snapped from a distance of just 16km. Also new in this picture is 67P's activity.

Human fossils from 'oldest Parisian'

bbc.co.uk — Scientists have unearthed rare, ancient human remains in silts close to the River Seine in France. The left arm bones are dated to about 200,000 years ago, and look to be Neanderthal - although the researchers say that with no other fossils it is impossible to make a full description.

UK Met Office to open 'solar storm' centre

bbc.com — A new forecast centre dedicated to space weather is due to officially open in Exeter later. The Met Office Space Weather Operations Centre is designed to protect the UK's economy and infrastructure from severe events caused by space weather. The term describes the disruptive influence that activity at the Sun can have on Earth.

UK Met Office to open 'solar storm' centre

bbc.co.uk — A new forecast centre dedicated to space weather is due to officially open in Exeter later. The Met Office Space Weather Operations Centre is designed to protect the UK's economy and infrastructure from severe events caused by space weather. The term describes the disruptive influence that activity at the Sun can have on Earth.
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Oct 25, 2014

RT @mggtTaylor: Look what's happened to the ESA homepage this weekend!!! esa.int/ESA

Oct 24, 2014

I'll update with some quotage later - BBC News - Scifi short promotes @esa_Rosetta comet mission bbc.in/1rsXNYi @ambitionthefilm

Oct 24, 2014

In the five-minute drama, the pair discuss the presence of water on planets and the origin of life. @AmbitionTheFilm pic.twitter.com/i9ws83PE57

Oct 24, 2014

Called Ambition, it stars Game of Thrones' Aidan Gillen and Aisling Franciosi as master and apprentice on an alien world @AmbitionTheFilm

Oct 24, 2014

The European Space Agency has released a short scifi movie to promote its audacious @ESA_Rosetta comet mission. youtube.com/watch?v=H08tGj…

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