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Science News: European Probe to Make Daring Landing on Comet Wednesday: Watch Live

European Probe to Make Daring Landing on Comet Wednesday: Watch LiveA European probe is expected to make an audacious landing on the face of a comet tomorrow (Nov. 12), and you can follow it live online starting today (Nov. 11). The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft is currently orbiting Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko while speeding through deep space. If successful, the landing will mark the first time humans have soft-landed a probe on a comet. Rosetta is due to release the Philae lander down to the comet's surface on Wednesday, and three different space-focused organizations will host Rosetta webcasts tonight and into tomorrow.


Science News: NASA's 1st Orion Spaceship Set for Launch Pad Trek

NASA's 1st Orion Spaceship Set for Launch Pad TrekNASA's next spaceship is about to take a big step toward its historic December spaceflight debut. The Orion capsule will roll out to the launch pad Tuesday night (Nov. 11), moving from the Launch Abort System Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida to the next-door Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Orion will launch on an unmanned test mission from the Cape on Dec. 4 to test out a variety of its systems, including the capsule's heat shield and other re-entry technologies. If all goes according to plan, Orion will start moving Tuesday at 8 p.m. EST (0100 GMT Nov. 12) and wrap up about 6 hours later when the capsule, encased in its 52-foot-tall (16 meters) protective fairing, arrives at Space Launch Complex 37B.


Science News: White House Sponsors First-Ever 3D-Printed Ornament Contest

White House Sponsors First-Ever 3D-Printed Ornament ContestCalling all 3D printing enthusiasts! Today (Nov. 10) is the last day to submit designs for the first-ever White House 3D-Printed Ornament Challenge. The contest — hosted by the popular maker website, Instructables — is an opportunity for DIYers and students from around the United States to share their 3D designs with each other and with the first family. Eight lucky finalists will have their designs printed and displayed in the East Wing of the White House during the 2014 holiday season. The winning ornaments will also be featured as a part of the Smithsonian's 3D modeling project, X 3D, which seeks to digitalize the museum's extensive collection of artifacts to make it more widely available to the public.


Science News: U.S. OKs genetically modified potato with lower cancer risk

By Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - (This Nov. 7 story has been corrected to say that Innate is not the first GM potato to be approved by USDA) The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday approved the first genetically modified potato for commercial planting in the United States in more than a decade, a move likely to draw the ire of groups opposed to artificial manipulation of foods. The so-called Innate potato, developed by the J.R. ...


Science News: Risky Comet Landing by European Probe Will Be '7 Hours of Terror'

Risky Comet Landing by European Probe Will Be '7 Hours of Terror'Landing a probe on a comet whizzing through deep space isn't easy, but this week, the European Space Agency (ESA) will attempt to do just that. If successful, it will be the first time a probe has landed on the surface of a comet.Officials working with ESA's Rosetta mission are planning to land the robotic Philae probe on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko's surface this Wednesday (Nov. 12). You can track Philae's historic progress in live webcasts from ESA and NASA starting Tuesday (Nov. 11) and throughout the day Wednesday. Detailed mapping of Comet 67P/C-G only began in August, when Rosetta arrived carrying Philae.



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