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All Rosetta Images Are Now Available Online

According to Gizmodo –

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission to the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was one for the ages, providing an unprecedented look at this oddly shaped celestial object. The Rosetta probe captured nearly 100,000 images over the course of its mission, all of which are now freely available to the public in a single Rosetta archive.

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Link to Rosetta Archive HERE.

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Humanity Sniffs Its First Comet – It Stinks!

smelly-1According to ExtremeTech –

It turns out that comet 67P, the comet that is currently being stalked by the ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft, stinks. If you just so happened to be in whiff range of the comet, you would be treated to a fantastic “perfume” (the ESA’s words, not mine) that smells like a combination of rotten eggs and cat (or horse) urine, with a soupçon of stale alcohol and suffocating formaldehyde thrown in for good measure. In the words of the ESA, “If you could smell the comet, you would probably wish that you hadn’t.”

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Can Sound Kill You?

sonic-weapon-sAccording to ExtremeTech –

Can sound kill you? The short answer is “yes” — and, rather shockingly, the European Space Agency says that it now has such a sonic weapon in its arsenal that, if it was so inclined, could kill you. The huge horn pictured above is one of four giant acoustic orifices at the ESA’s Large European Acoustic Facility in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. Rather than killing humans, though, the horns are actually for testing satellites — to see if they can withstand the noise of a rocket launch. (As you may know, the Space Shuttle’s Mobile Launch Platform used to dump 300,000 gallons of water onto the platform during launch, to absorb the intense acoustic energy that would otherwise damage the Shuttle.) The ESA’s horns are essentially giant air horns, using nitrogen gas to produce sounds as loud as 154 decibels. The question is, is 154 decibels enough to kill you?

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