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The Very Beginning Of NASA’s Next Mars Lander

The Very Beginning Of NASA’s Next Mars Lander

One of the things that fascinate me the most about mechanical things is how they build them, especially the very first steps in the process. NASA has released this photo of the first assembly step of their next Mars lander. It seems like some lost part from a Celestial designed…

Here’s Exactly Where Philae Is On The Comet Right Now

Here’s Exactly Where Philae Is On The Comet Right Now

Briefly: Unmanned Spaceflight user Machi created this wonderful composite image that combines photos from Rosetta and images from Philae not released to the media yet. It shows exactly where Philae is right now, after bouncing twice for three landings on the comet 67P/Churyumov — Gerasimenko.

7 Gadgets Rosetta Is Sending To The Surface Of The Comet

7 Gadgets Rosetta Is Sending To The Surface Of The Comet

Last week, the European Space Agency announced a final date — November 11 — for when it will release its Rosetta lander, a tiny pod called Philae, down to the surface of the comet. Like a cosmic hobo carrying a stick and bindle, it will travel laden with only the…