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ESA gearing up for mission to discover if Jupiter’s moons can support life

A European spacecraft is about to embark on a 6.6 billion km journey to explore whether Jupiter’s ocean-bearing moons can support life. The six-tonne probe, named Juice (Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer), will be heading towards the solar system’s biggest planet carrying 10 scientific instruments, in what is the European Space Agency’s (ESA) biggest deep-space mission […]

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Irish Schools Compete to Design a Satellite in a Can

How big is a satellite? Well it doesn’t need to be any bigger than a drink can, according to the organisers of a competition for Irish schools, launched today by former NASA astronaut Greg Johnson. Colonel Johnson is President and Executive Director for the Centre for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), which manages the US National Laboratory […]

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Today We Land on a Comet

We’ve talked about Rosetta before. The European Space Agency’s mission to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko took 10 years to catch up with the comet, which is about the size of a city, and which we now know is shaped like a rubber duck! It’s also a rough uneven surface, with gravity 100,000 times less than Earth’s. Landing on it […]

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