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  1. NASA and ESA Form a Super-Science Team-Up to Protect Us From Asteroids

    We don't wanna miss a thing. Except maybe getting hit by an asteroid.

    It happened to the dinosaurs - and there's a good chance it might happen to us. Well, not US-us, because anyone reading this might be long dead by the time that sort of thing happens. But STILL. It's good to have a plan. Thankfully, NASA is teaming up with the European Space Agency (ESA) to come up with one.

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  2. Italian Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti’s Space-Cosplay Game is On Point

    "Coffee: the finest organic suspension ever devised."

    Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti has been living it up on the ISS since November as flight engineer of the Futura mission, and celebrated the SpaceX Dragon freighter's delivery of supplies earlier this week (including specially-engineered, Borg-proof Italian space coffee) by sharing an extremely nerdy pic on Twitter.

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  3. ESA’s Philae Comet Lander Continues to Skillfully Avoid Detection by Doing Absolutely Nothing

    Like Philae, the rest of us would like to sleep until spring, please.

    No matter what any agency-laden headlines might have you believe, ESA's Philae isn't hiding from us on purpose, and it will hopefully be able to tell us where it us relatively soon.

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  4. Things We Saw Today: Rosetta Makes a Christmas Landing

    Ok, this is pretty great.

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  5. Here’s The “Sound” ESA’s Philae Probe Made When It Landed on a Comet

    Wheeee!

    In space, no one can hear you scream. But if you were going to land on a comet while equipped with special acoustic sensors, they would definitely be able to hear that—and it would probably sound a little something like this.

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  6. ESA’s Philae Detects Organic Compounds on Comet, Mission a Huge Success

    Still not aliens.

    Celebration over ESA's historic landing on a comet may have been temporarily put on hold when the Philae lander was determined to be in a poor position to use its solar panels and lost power, but data it sent back before then still holds potential for some amazing discoveries. Now, ESA has announced that the comet is indeed home to organic compounds—but still no actual organic organisms. Just one little robot. Sorry.

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  7. ESA Comet Lander’s Batteries Drained From Poor Landing Position Sunlight, but There’s Still Hope

    Philae, DO NOT GO GENTLE INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT.

    The European Space Agency's Rosetta spent about ten years flying to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, so to say the fact that its Philae lander unintentionally wound up in the shadow of one of the comet's cliffs when it finally touched down was "bad luck" is a bit of an understatement. The mission has been a huge success so far, but things are looking grim for Philae's future.

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  8. Lead ESA Scientist Says He “Made A Big Mistake”; Offers Emotional Apology For Sexist Shirt

    And that's the kind of intelligence that puts robots into space.

    During a livestream for the Rosetta landing earlier this week, lead ESA Scientist Matt Taylor unwittingly started a controversy when he chose to wear a bowling shirt covered in sexualized women while meeting with the press. But here's some good news that might help erase the fleshy travesty from our permanently damaged retinas: Matt Taylor is sorry. Like, really, really sorry.

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  9. Things We Saw Today: The Batgirl of Burnside Is Getting Her Own Statuette!

    Gotham better watch out.

    If only it weren't part of DC's black and white series and we could get a pop of Babs Tarr's amazing colors in there! At least it looks totally rad—from all angles, too.

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  10. ESA’s #CometLanding Broke the Internet More than Kim Kardashian, There Is Hope for Us All

    Inna final analysis...

    When you self-importantly declare that pictures of you will break the Internet, it's best to follow through. Best for you, that is—for the rest of us, it's much better that Rosetta and the #CometLanding event received more attention on Twitter than Kim Kardashian's #BreakTheInternet pictures.

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  11. [Updated] Hey Lead ESA Scientist, We Fixed Your Horribly-Sexist Lady Shirt For You

    There. Much better!

    Remember how a lead ESA scientist on the Rosetta livestream yesterday wore that awful shirt covered in sexualized women? Friend and TMS reader Rachel sent us this photo which goes ahead and fixes his look right up. What better way to wear your science pride on your sleeve than to rock a shirt covered in famous historical women in STEM?

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  12. Pilot Rosetta at Home to Land on a Comet and Study It With NASA’s Comet Quest Game

    If only the game tutorial told you how to fire Philae's harpoons.

    The European Space Agency made history yesterday when its Philae lander became the first spacecraft ever to make a soft landing on the surface of a comet. But you can get in on the action with NASA's Comet Quest game, which tasks you with piloting Rosetta, sending the Philae lander down to the surface of a comet, and studying the comet while avoiding its dangerous debris.

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  13. Spacecraft on Comet So far Unable to Fire Its Anchor Harpoons, Team Working on a Solution

    Hang in there!

    Philae made history today when it became the first spacecraft to make a soft landing on a comet, but the mission isn't over just yet. Contrary to initial reports, the spacecraft's anchor harpoons have yet to fire, and the team is working on a solution. The harpoons are needed to keep Philae on the surface of the giant spinning comet.

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  14. Lead ESA Scientist Wears Shirt Covered in Gratuitous Sexy Chicks For Comet Landing Livestream

    My eyes hurt now.

    This is Matt Taylor, the lead project scientist of the European Space Agency's Rosetta project—which, if you'll remember, involves soft landing a space probe that's been in orbit for 10 years onto the surface of a comet for the first time in history. He is, presumably, very intelligent. He is also wearing a shirt covered in cartoonishly sexy women. So. You know.

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  15. Watch Live Now as the ESA Lands a Spacecraft on the Surface of a Comet

    History is happening currently.

    Rosetta has one chance to make history by landing Philae on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and the procedure is starting up in space right now. You can watch along with the ESA's live stream overnight and into tomorrow when Philae will finally touch down on the comet's surface.

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  16. The European Space Agency’s Not-So-Crazy Plan to 3D Print a Base on the Moon

    Do you want to build a moon base?

    Architectural firm Foster + Partners produced this video along with the European Space Agency showing how a lunar base could be constructed by 3D printing robots and an inflatable dome. 3D printing the base out of lunar dust would cut down the cost significantly by removing the need to launch a heavy housing structure from Earth and put a Moon base within reach.

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  17. ESA Releases Another Adorable Rosetta Video, Prepares for First Ever Soft Landing On Comet’s Surface

    67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, Philae's going to walk on your face!

    Never stop personifying space robots, ESA. Also never stop doing awesome things like sending space robots to land on the surface of a comet, because that's amazing, and Philae is almost ready to do just that on November 12. (Details on the landing after the jump.)

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  18. Comet Photobombs Philae Lander’s Selfie From Rosetta Mission

    In space, no one can hear you sneak up behind their selfie.

    Back off, comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko! Philae is an amazing piece of technology and it was trying to take a picture of itself! Stop photobombing him. You're just a giant hunk of rock falling through space! OK, fine. You're a giant, beautiful, scientifically relevant... you know what? All is forgiven. This picture is amazing.

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  19. Tomorrow the ESA Rosetta Mission Will Intercept a Comet After a 10-Year Mission

    Some things are worth getting up early for.

    The European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta mission launched a decade ago to intercept, study, and put a lander on Comet 67P. The spacecraft "woke up" earlier this year, and it will reach its goal early tomorrow morning with live streaming coverage beginning at 4:00AM ET.

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  20. We Have an Important Update About What We Think Rosetta’s Target Comet Looks Like

    At least the Philae lander will be safe from Munchers!

    The ESA spacecraft Rosetta is moving ever closer towards her target comet 67P, and our pareidolia is running full force to try to decide what it looks like. We've already see a rubber ducky, a marshmallow Peep, a weird butt, and now...

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