Ah December, it’s a time for holidays and for the past to be remembered. As we look forward to the New Year, we also tend to look back at all that was achieved and learned in the past 12 months. I’m no exception to that tendency, and today I’m going to have a look back at some of my favorite stories in space from this year. I’ll narrow it down to just my top three.
This week we will be examining another ongoing space mission, but instead of NASA, this endeavor is headed by the European Space Agency (ESA). A few days ago, on August 6, they became the first organization to successfully rendezvous a spacecraft with a comet!
This achievement has been a long time coming. Back in 1986, probes collected samples from the tail of Halley’s Comet. They returned with valuable information, but more was needed. Closer inspection of the comet’s composition was required for the proper questions to be answered. To fulfill this end, the Rosetta was commissioned.