Rosetta finds comet connection to Earth’s atmosphere; Gaia: The future of the Orion constellation; NELIOTA project detects flashes from lunar impacts
MISSION NEWS AS OF FRIDAY 9 JUNE 2017
+ ROSETTA FINDS COMET CONNECTION TO EARTH’S ATMOSPHERE
The challenging detection, by ESA’s Rosetta mission, of several isotopes of the noble gas xenon at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has established the first quantitative link between comets and the atmosphere of Earth.
Read more: http://sci.esa.int/jump.cfm?oid=59177
+ THE FUTURE OF THE ORION CONSTELLATION
A new video, based on measurements by ESA’s Gaia and Hipparcos satellites, shows how our view of the Orion constellation will evolve over the next 450 000 years.
Read more: http://sci.esa.int/jump.cfm?oid=59206
+ NEW NELIOTA PROJECT DETECTS FLASHES FROM LUNAR IMPACTS
Using a system developed under an ESA contract, the Greek NELIOTA project has begun to detect flashes of light caused by small pieces of rock striking the Moon’s surface. NELIOTA is the first system that can determine the temperature of these impact flashes.
Read more: http://sci.esa.int/jump.cfm?oid=59165
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