Planetary Science

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illustration of Rosetta and Philae approaching comet 67/P

GOODBYE, PHILAE The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft (illustrated, upper left) will no longer listen for signals from the Philae lander, which has been silent since July 2015. 

Jupiter's Great Red Spot

FULL OF HOT AIR  Churning air over the Great Red Spot on Jupiter (illustrated) creates a hot spot (yellow) hundreds of degrees of warmer than the surrounding atmosphere.

Mars landing site

Forty years ago, Viking 1 took this picture of its landing site (and footpad) on Mars, the first clear image from the surface of the Red Planet.

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