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This is a big week for #Rosetta ! Don't know where to go/what to follow? Read this for details of how, when and where to follow the key moments online, starting with a review of the mission’s impressive haul of science highlights on 29 September. #cometlanding  
Rosetta is set to complete its historic mission in a controlled descent to the surface of its comet on 30 September, with the end of mission confirmation predicted to be within 20 minutes of 11:20 GMT (13:20 CEST).
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The deep, dark #TwilightZone a kilometre down in the ocean is home to most of the world’s fish, but how they get enough food has largely been a mystery. Now, thanks to #satellites and floating sensors, scientists have worked out how much energy is being pumped to the depths.
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Who wouldn’t want to run an experiment in lunar or martian #gravity? ESA is offering European researchers the chance to test their theories on aircraft flights that offer 20 seconds of reduced gravity. ESA often conducts #parabolic flights using a refitted Airbus A310 that flies up and down on a rollercoaster ride. At the top of the curve the passengers and experiments experience reduced gravity.

Read more: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/Research/Moon_and_Mars_on_a_plane

Credit: Novespace/CNES/DLR/ESA
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Our new animation shows how the #Rosetta spacecraft will come to rest on Comet 67P this Friday. #cometlanding  
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+james awdry I know that theyv changed some firmations over different dates,in fact,after i watched an apparent transit of the moon in front of the earth,where ur eyes are screaming fake animation to you,but NASA swears blind that its real footage,i gave up on EPIC, as a source of real footage.The simple fact being if they really had a camera 1 million miles out watching earth spin, why do they need to add any animation or cgi to it.????
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#67P on 23 September from a distance of 4km. Maybe a comfy spot for spacecraft? #cometlanding  

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA    
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We're just a week away from the epic finale of the #Rosetta mission. #Euronews speaks to the team.   
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Yea!! :-)
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In final cartoon episode, #Rosetta revisits her discoveries of #67P and prepares for #cometlanding
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I wish Rosetta was staying active during the entire decent. Think of those images we could get when just a few meters from the surface.
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#OpenESTEC day this Sunday, 2 October is now sold out, with 12,000 registrations! The waiting list is now in effect for any cancellations.

To join wait list, see: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/esa-estec-open-day-2016-tickets-26193069175

For the programme, see: http://esamultimedia.esa.int/docs/ESTEC/PROGRAMME_2016.pdf
Save the date: this year’s ESA’s Open Day in the Netherlands will take place on Sunday, 2 October. ESA’s technical heart will be thrown open to visitors in the midst of one of the most exciting times in Europe’s space history, as part of the Netherlands’ national Weekend of Science and World Space Week. All visitors will need to book to attend. Visitors will be able to wander around the sprawling facility at their own pace, meeting astronauts, sc...
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AUM. .THANK EVERYONE. 
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Small particles from #comet67P , obtained by multiple instruments on the #Rosetta mission, are furthering our understanding of some big science.
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All fake!
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ESA is exploring Earth’s immediate surroundings, from low-Earth orbit with the #ISS to the #Moon, #Mars and beyond. ESA scientists and engineers René Demets, Guan-Lu Zhang, Vinita Marwaha, Jorge Vago and James Carpenter together with Argotec’s Anna Frosi share what inspired them to join the voyage of exploration.
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Nice to see a Chinese eyepiece on the childrens telescope.
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Take a look back at our past week in images: http://www.esa.int/Highlights/Week_In_Images_19_23_September_2016
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A distant planet orbiting two stars, found by its warping of spacetime, has been confirmed using observations from the NASA/ESA +Hubble Space Telescope. The planet's mass caused what is known as a microlensing event, where light is bent by an object's gravitational field. The event was observed in 2007, making this the first circumbinary planet to be confirmed following detection of a microlensing event.

Read more: http://sci.esa.int/hubble/58308-hubble-helps-find-light-bending-world-with-two-suns-heic1619/

Artist's impression of exoplanet orbiting two stars. Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)
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I LOVE ASTRONOMY!
AND ANYTHING TO DO WITH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
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The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space.
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The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.