Jayaram Murali Iyer

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Rosetta comet-chasing spacecraft wakes up – as it happened

Thank you and goodnight.<p>We’re going to wind the blog up now.<p>It has been a tense day here at ESA. When I arrived, large digital clocks were counting down everywhere I looked. The orange figures were set on a relentless march to zero, timed to coincide with 10am GMT.<p>That was when Rosetta woke up and …

Astronomers Get First Glimpse of Cosmic Web

Changing Planet<p>Computer simulations suggest that matter in the universe is distributed in a “cosmic web” of filaments, as seen in the image above from a large-scale dark-matter simulation. The inset is a zoomed-in, high-resolution image of a smaller part of the cosmic web, 10 million light-years …

Science Weekly podcast: Bringing the sun down to Earth

Presented by Kevin Fong and produced by Jason Phipps

Rosetta the comet-chasing spacecraft wakes up

There was a moment of silence, and then the room erupted. Two hundred scientists, engineers and journalists threw their arms in the air, cheered, and bear-hugged their nearest neighbours, whether they knew them or not.<p>Many had waited a decade for this. In 2004, the European Space Agency launched …

Rosetta comet-chaser sends wake-up signal back to Earth – video

Think geezer with a PhD: the tattooed Londoner on inspiring ‘ancient comet ninjas’ at the European Space Agency<p>Published: 2 Nov 2014<p><b>Letters:</b> Demonstrating how the building blocks of life came together to form a primitive cell capable of self-sustaining metabolism and replication is more likely to …