Comets

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  • Comet Essay

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    dust samples from the coma of comet wild 2 and comet and interstellar dust for analysis in Earth labs and to return as many high-resolution images of the comet coma and nucleus as possible. Comets are small, frozen and icy bodies that when passing by the sun, warm up and begin to release gases. This releasing of gases often form the visible part of the comet, the coma, which is simply the enveloped gases around the nucleus of the comet, which is the central part of a comet composed of rock, dust, and

  • My Research on Comets

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    on comets. I settled upon comets because comets have always intrigued me and I have never really known the full extent of them. I have known that comets come across the Earth with their spectacular light but I have never really known the whole story behind them such as how they come across the Earth, the specialty of them, and how there is light coming from them. After researching extensively, I have learned a great deal about them such as their origins, where they form, and also what comets were

  • Comet Wild-2 Essay

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    As of the past decade, Comet Wild-2 has been of particular interests to scientists. In February of 1999, a robotic probe was launched to investigate this comet under the Stardust discovery mission. The primary goal of the Stardust mission was to was to collect dust samples from the coma of comet wild 2 and cosmic dust for analysis in Earth labs and to return as many high-resolution images of the comet coma and nucleus as possible. When the probe returned in January 15, 2006 after its actual encounter

  • Interplanetary Dust and Orbital Debris

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    The interplanetary dust grain population mainly originates in the main asteroid belt that is located between 2 to 4 astronomical units (AU) from the Sun. Dust forms in collisions between bodies of different sizes and energies or may be carried in by comets. 10 % of the dust formed by collisions in this area is transported towards the Sun via the Poynting-Robertson drag. The remaining 90 % leave the solar system hyperbolic orbits as newly formed interstellar dust. Dust grain orbits are mainly influenced

  • The Discovery Of The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    she had stopped dreaming a long time ago, it was unusual for her to dream in the first place let alone about a comet. What’s more, she was riding on the glowing blue comet as it swept past the Sun and Earth at a dizzying speed. With her arms outstretched, she felt like a fearless giddy surfer on a once in a lifetime, giant wave. Then, just as it had materialized out of nowhere, the comet vanished into a thick cloud of dust beyond the edge of the Solar System, blazing an iridescent blue trail in

  • A Research Study On Robotic Missions

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    Wesley and Shevalev 541). These robotic missions have been triggered by the human desire to know and understand the Cosmos. Currently, there are various spacecraft missions who are exploring the planets such as Mars, Saturn, asteroids as well as comets among others. Unlike missions carried out by human beings, the robotic missions are fully carried out by space robots which have varying shapes and sizes as well different functionalities which may include, the planetary flyby such as the voyageurs

  • Chasing Halley 's Comet : The Comet

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    Chasing Halley’s Comet Halley’s Comet crosses the Earth’s skies every 75 years. Samuel Clemens just so happened to be born following Halley’s comet, and in 1909, he predicted that he would go with Halley’s comet the next year. Clemens stated, “I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. Halley’s comet will be coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it” (Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) - Historic Missourians, n.d.). On April 21, 1910, one of the world’s most influential writers died

  • Jupiter's Comets

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    from incoming comets by breaking them apart with its enormous gravity. Jupiter’s gravity is 2.4 times stronger than Earth’s gravity. (The world book encyclopedia of science). In the past, Jupiter has torn apart comets and sucked them into its atmosphere. Comet SHOEMAKER-LEVY in 1994 was coming straight for Earth until Jupiter intercepted its path and with its immense gravity tore apart the comet coming from the very cold parts of the galaxy and then sucked in the small pieces of the comet with the power

  • Developing A Way To Study Asteroids

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    It has always been a worry of researchers that at any moment an asteroid may hit Earth and cause significant damage. Only recently (the past hundred years or so) have people been able to make equipment powerful enough to detect asteroids coming toward Earth and orbiting Earth. This is a very important step in preventing damage to our fragile planet. One of the first asteroids orbiting Earth discovered was 1 Ceres by Piazzi in 1801 (Gehrels, 1999). Since all of the asteroids back in the 1800’s

  • The Rosetta / Philae Mission

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    international space mission sent to study the small icy worlds that are comets. Specifically, the target of interest for this mission was the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The spacecraft was launched in 2004 and arrived at the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on August 6, 2014. This space mission was unlike any other because this mission marks the first time in spaceflight history that a spacecraft entered orbit around a comet and deployed a lander to the comet’s surface. The lander itself was a

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