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Sep 4, 2015 12:45 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
Scientists are developing a novel space robot that can take up the challenge of hopping and rolling over microgravity terrain while doing valuable science.
Aug 17, 2015 01:30 PM ET // Elizabeth Howell
After nearly 20 years gazing at the sun, the SOHO spacecraft is about to spy its 3,000th comet.
Aug 12, 2015 01:14 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
Tonight is the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower and whether you have clear or cloudy skies, there are more than a few surprising ways that you can get involved and enjoy a potentially spectacular cosmic light show.
Aug 12, 2015 05:30 PM ET // Irene Klotz
On Aug. 13, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko will reach perihelion, and with it the orbiting European Rosetta mission. Here's a brief rundown of Rosetta's observations of the icy body in the run-up to its day in the sun.
Aug 11, 2015 03:07 PM ET // Jason Major
On July 29, with ESA's Rosetta spacecraft in orbital tow, the 2.5-mile-long Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko fired its brightest jet yet since Rosetta's arrival just over a full year ago.
Aug 10, 2015 07:00 AM ET // Elizabeth Howell, Space.com
The annual Perseid meteor shower will reach its peak this week, giving amateur skywatchers with clear dark skies a potentially dazzling celestial light show.
Jul 30, 2015 04:38 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
As Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko approaches perihelion, the sun is heating up its nucleus and the solar wind is causing its tail to evolve. And the Rosetta mission has a ringside seat.
Jul 20, 2015 05:30 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
Not only has NASA’s New Horizons mission confirmed that Pluto has an extended atmosphere, after its historic flyby on July 14, the spacecraft observed a “cavity” in the solar wind, revealing a long plasma tail reminiscent of a comet’s ion tail.
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