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. SOHO has spotted over 2100 comets, mo…

2-timing spacecraft has date with another comet

NASA’s Stardust spacecraft, equipped with the University of Chicago’s Dust Flux Monitor Instrument (DFMI), is hurtling at more than 24,000 miles an hour toward a Valentine’s Day encounter with comet Tempel 1.
Stardust will approach to within 124…

Stardust NExT set to meet its second comet

Stardust NExT must love comets. On Valentine’s Day the spacecraft will get up close and personal with its second.
It’s been seven years since the original Stardust danced with Wild 2 out beyond the orbit of Mars, capturing a thimbleful of co…

SOHO spots 2,000th comet

As people on Earth celebrate the holidays and prepare to ring in the New Year, an ESA/NASA spacecraft has quietly reached its own milestone: on December 26, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) discovered its 2000th comet.
Drawing on he…

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