A comparison of the same part of the Tempel 1 comet before and after being hit by the impactor launched by the Deep Impact probe (photo NASA)

In July 2005 the Deep Impact probe made the first visit to the comet Tempel 1, in recent days the Stardust spacecraft has taken new photos, including the ones of the crater left by the impactor launched from Deep Impact, and made new measurements to improve our knowledge.

Alexandr Smoleevskiy and Diego Urbina with a simulated Mars soil sample (photo ESA)

The Mars500 expedition organized by the Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP) in collaboration with ESA (European Space Agency) had virtually reached Mars a few days ago and it was time to simulate the descent to Mars and to explore the area near the lander.

The Mars 500 facility

The Mars500 expedition organized by the Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP) in Moscow with the participation of ESA (European Space Agency) to simulate an expedition to Mars has virtually reached the red planet and it’s preparing for the landing.