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Creation of the Solar System, 4.5 billion years ago.

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Creation of the Solar System, 4.5 billion years ago.
Creation of the Solar System, 4.5 billion years ago.

Hubble Helps Prepare Rosetta Mission.

Sep 6, 2003 The Hubble Space Telescope has been making detailed observations of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko - the new target for the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission. The data from Hubble has helped the ESA make precise measurements of the comet's shape, size and spin-rate so they can fine-tune Rosetta's flight. If all goes well, Rosetta will launch on February 26, 2004, and then take 10 years to reach the comet. It will orbit the Comet and then drop a scientific package onto the surface which should provide scientists with plenty of new data.

Hubble Sees Distant Icy Objects.

Sep 6, 2003 Using the Hubble Space Telescope, Astronomers have discovered three of the faintest and small objects ever seen in the Outer Solar System. Each object is a lump of ice and rock, called a Kuiper Object, that could date back to the creation of the Solar System, 4.5 billion years ago. What's surprising, however, is how few Kuiper Objects the team discovered. They were expecting to find 60 as small as 15 km in the field they surveyed, but only turned up 3.

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