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SOHO Shows New Images of Comet ISON
As Comet ISON heads toward its closest approach to the sun - known as perihelion - on Nov. 28, 2013, scientists have been watching through many observatories to see if the comet has already broken up under the intense heat and gravitational forces of the sun.  View News Article (2013-12-02)

SOHO sees something new near the sun
An unusual comet skimmed past the sun on Feb 18-21, 2015, as captured by the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO. View News Article (2015-02-25)

Using many instruments to track a comet
In 16 years of data observations, the Solar Heliophysics Observatory (SOHO) -- a joint European Space Agency and NASA mission -- made an unexpected claim for fame: the sighting of new comets at an alarming rate. View News Article (2011-12-14)

ESA's Rosetta mission: A status report
Following the decision not to launch Europe's comet chaser Rosetta in January, scientists and engineers in the programme have been examining several alternative mission scenarios. Each has been looked at on the basis of the expected scientific return, the technical risks related to using the Rosetta design in the new mission, and the containment of costs. Of the nine mission scenarios studied... View News Article (2003-03-21)

ESO`s VLT Helps ESA`s Rosetta Spacecraft Prepare to Ride on a Cosmic Bullet
New Images of Comet Wirtanen`s Nucleus New images of Comet Wirtanen`s 1-km `dirty snowball` nucleus have been obtained with the ESO Very Large Telescope at Paranal (Chile). They show this object at a distance of approx. 435 million km from the Sun, about the same as when the Rosetta spacecraft of the European Space Agency (ESA) arrives in 2011. The new observations indicate that the comet has a... View News Article (2002-02-26)

Hubble catches views of a jet rotating with Comet 252P/LINEAR
This sequence of images taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows Comet 252P/LINEAR as it passed by Earth. The visit was one of the closest encounters between a comet and our planet. View News Article (2016-05-13)

Top class images help ESA`s Rosetta prepare to ride on a cosmic bullet
Chase a fast-moving comet, land on it and `ride` it while it speeds up towards the Sun: not the script of a science-fiction movie, but the very real task of ESA`s Rosetta spacecraft. New observations with the European Southern Observatory`s (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT) provide vital information about Comet Wirtanen - Rosetta`s target - to help ESA reduce uncertainties in the mission, one of... View News Article (2002-02-26)

Rosetta bound for outer Solar System after final Earth swingby
This morning, mission controllers confirmed that ESA's comet chaser Rosetta had swung by Earth at 8:45 CET as planned, skimming past our planet to pick up a gravitational boost for an epic journey to rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014. View News Article (2009-11-16)

SOHO`s private view of a sunbathing comet
You could see it easily with your unaided eye (but don`t try!) if only Comet Machholz 1 were not so very close to the Sun. This unusual comet, reputed to flare up a lot, is today sweltering only 18 million kilometres from the Sun. This is its closest approach on an orbit that brings it back to the solar vicinity every 63 months. The best and perhaps the only view of it at this time comes from... View News Article (2002-01-09)

NASA Investigating the Life of Comet ISON
After several days of continued observations, scientists continue to work to determine and to understand the fate of Comet ISON: There's no doubt that the comet shrank in size considerably as it rounded the sun and there's no doubt that something made it out on the other side to shoot back into space. View News Article (2013-12-03)

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