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  • December 2014

    Before Rosetta: Svetlana Gerasimenko’s story

    Rosetta has re-ignited the global fascination with space. The excitement that surrounded the first human spaceflight helped spark the career of Svetlana Gerasimenko, one of the joint discoverers of Rosetta’s target comet

    Authors: Svetlana Gerasimenko    
  • December 2014

    Flying saucers return

    Spectacular catch – NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator is retrieved from the Pacific after a near-space test flight. The LDSD project is evaluating landing technologies for future Mars missions

  • December 2014

    The vanity of machines

    Ready for the big event – Rosetta mission selfie taken on 7 October at a distance of about 16 km from its target comet

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  • December 2014

    The vanity of machines

    Me too – Curiosity Mars rover’s selfie at the ‘Windjana’ drilling site. Curiosity has accomplished its main goal by confirming that Mars once possessed conditions favourable for microbial life

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  • December 2014

    The vanity of machines

    I was here – Rosetta’s self-portrait as it passes Mars, one of four planetary gravity assists needed to boost the spacecraft onto the trajectory to meet its target, comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko

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  • Gods and space

    Martian celebration – An art installation in Kolkata, inspired by India’s successful Mars mission, forms part of the Hindu Durga Puja festival, which celebrates the triumph of good over evil

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  • Gods and space

    Getting a helping hand – An Orthodox priest performs a blessing at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad in Kazakhstan, ahead of the Soyuz launch that carried Expedition 41 to the International Space Station in September 2014

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  • Necessity is the mother of invention

    Innovative ways of working were key to the successful delivery of Israel’s short-range rocket defence shield – a system many in the industry predicted was doomed to fail

    Authors: Pini Yungman    
  • Motion capture

    Satellite radar is helping geophysicists to better predict likely earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, by accurately measuring tiny movements in the Earth’s surface

    Authors: Tim Wright    
  • Finding NEO

    The Chelyabinsk meteorite in 2013 was a sharp reminder of the destructive capability of NEOs. The new Large Synoptic Survey Telescope will help provide an early warning

    Authors: Lynne Jones     Mario Juric     Zeljko Ivezic