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NASA Statement on GAO Decision to Deny Commercial Crew Contract Protest

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“We congratulate ESA on their successful landing on a comet today," says John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, about the successful comet landing by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission. "This achievement represents a breakthrough moment in the exploration of our solar system and a milestone for international cooperation. We are proud to be a part of this historic day and look forward to receiving valuable data from the three NASA instruments on board Rosetta that will map the comet’s nucleus and examine it for signs of water.
 
“The data collected by Rosetta will provide the scientific community, and the world, with a treasure-trove of data. Small bodies in our solar system like comets and asteroids help us understand how the solar system formed and provide opportunities to advance exploration. We look forward to building on Rosetta's success exploring our solar system through our studies of near earth asteroids and NASA's upcoming asteroid sample return mission OSIRIS-REx. It’s a great day for space exploration."
 
For information about our role in the Rosetta mission, visit: http://rosetta.jpl.nasa.gov/  
To learn more about our asteroid sample return mission, OSIRIS-Rex, visit: http://science.nasa.gov/missions/osiris-rex/
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The image shows Comet 67P acquired by the Philae Lander during descent on Nov 12, 2014 14:38:41 UT from a distance of approximately 3 km from the surface.

http://orbiterchspacenews.blogspot.ch/2014/11/touchdown-rosettas-philae-probe-lands.html
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ESA's Comet Landing
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http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2

Wednesday Nov. 12, 2014 (1400 UTC, 9:00am ET, 6:00am PT)

NASA's live coverage of the European Space Agency (ESA) Rosetta mission's scheduled landing of a probe on Comet 67P.

ESA's Philae Lander is scheduled to touch down on Comet 67P at 1535 UTC (10:35am ET/7:35am PT). A signal confirming landing is expected at approximately 1605 UTC (11:02am ET/8:02am PT).

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Aurora Flyover | International Space Station | HD Video 1080p
Aurora australis and aurora borealis (northern lights) as viewed from the International Space Station. Auroras are caused by charged particles entering the atmosphere from above causing ionization and excitation of atmospheric constituents as they collide with the earth's magnetic field. 

This video was compiled using time lapse footage shot from the International Space Station obtained courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center.

Credit: Selmes Films
Release Date: Nov 2, 2014

+Phil Selmes 
+Johnson Space Center 

#NASA   #Space   #ISS   #Aurora   #Borealis   #Australis   #Earth   #Atmosphere #Science   #HD   #Video #1080p

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Orbital Sciences' Antares Rocket EXPLODES on Launch!
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Orbital Sciences' Antares Rocket Explodes on Launch
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