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ESA scientists piece together last image captured by Rosetta probe

ESA scientists piece together last image captured by Rosetta probe

Science
Sept. 28 (UPI) -- European Space Agency scientists have pieced together one final image from the Rosetta probe's last telemetry packets, collected right before the craft crash landed on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.Roughly a year ago, Rosetta attempted to land on the snowman-shaped comet. The landing didn't go as smoothly as hoped, but the probe collected a wealth of data and images before it tumbled into a sunless crater.Until recently, scientists thought they'd already seen Rosetta's last image, but while parsing the probe's last bits of data, ESA researchers found a few remaining telemetry packets. Scientists were able to piece the data fragments into one last snapshot of Comet 67P."The last complete image transmitted from Rosetta was the final one that we saw arriving...
Cassini: Probe incinerates on entry to Saturn

Cassini: Probe incinerates on entry to Saturn

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThe American-led Cassini space mission to Saturn has just come to a spectacular end. Controllers had commanded the probe to destroy itself by plunging into the planet's atmosphere. It survived for just over a minute before being broken apart. Cassini had run out of fuel and Nasa had determined that the probe should not be allowed simply to wander uncontrolled among Saturn and its moons. The loss of signal from the spacecraft occurred pretty close to the prediction. Here at mission control, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, the drop-off was timed at 04:55 PDT (11:55 GMT; 12:55 BST). How the last hours unfoldedNasa's Earl Maize addressed fellow controllers: "Congratulations to you all. This has been an incredible missi...
Cassini: Saturn probe turns towards its death plunge

Cassini: Saturn probe turns towards its death plunge

Science
The international Cassini spacecraft at Saturn has executed the course correction that will send it to destruction at the end of the week.The probe flew within 120,000km of the giant moon Titan on Monday - an encounter that bent its trajectory just enough to put it on a collision path with the ringed planet. Nothing can now stop the death plunge in Saturn's atmosphere on Friday. Cassini will be torn to pieces as it heads down towards the clouds.Its components will melt and be dispersed through the planet's gases.Ever since it arrived at Saturn 13 years ago, the probe has used the gravity of Titan - the second biggest moon in the Solar System - to slingshot itself into different positions from which to study the planet and its stunning rings. It has been a smart strategy because Cassini wou...
Lawmaker seeks probe after AP reveals maggots in NY facility

Lawmaker seeks probe after AP reveals maggots in NY facility

Health
A New York state lawmaker is demanding a federal investigation into New York state's care for the disabled following a recent Associated Press story that revealed the case of a man infested with maggots in a state-run group home. Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, of Utica, told the AP on Saturday that he is asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate the group home and other state-regulated facilities for the disabled where there have been allegations of abuse and neglect. "It's clear from seeing this that New York state cannot be relied on to police itself," he said. "When you have thousands of cases (of abuse and neglect) happening across the state — this being one of the most egregious — we must give some reassurance to families that their loved ones a
US-Russia probe: Trump son-in-law Kushner denies collusion

US-Russia probe: Trump son-in-law Kushner denies collusion

World
President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner will tell a Senate panel later that neither he nor any member of the Trump campaign team colluded with Russian officials over the US election. He will say he had no improper contacts and had not relied on Russian funds to finance his business activities.Mr Kushner released his opening statement ahead of the panel meeting.The Senate, along with the House and a special counsel, are all investigating Russian interference in the election.Let's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - World