Congress is back in session and getting right down to work on pressing science and technology issues like education funding, Net neutrality and ... oh wait. Actually, the House is holding a hearing on Wednesday to discuss a new law to manage resource mining in space: the ASTEROIDS Act (PDF).
The celestial tango is only temporary, meant to give Rosetta time to figure out the right place to land on the oddly shaped rock (sometimes lovingly referred to as the Rubbery Ducky comet). But in the meantime, it has also afforded the spacecraft with a unique opportunity: getting some really killer photographs of an asteroid. OSIRIS, Rosetta’s scientific imaging system, has taken a number of high-resolution images of 67P since its arrival, and they reveal the comet to be a truly multidimensional world.
In a press release, Mars One says it began the campaign "Ticket to Rise" to help fund an earthbound simulation of life on Mars planned for 2015, as well as their projected 2018 launches, in which the nonprofit plans to send an unmanned lander to Mars. Mars One also has a much more ambitious goal of sending humans to the red planet in 2023, but space enthusiasts uninterested in Mars One's offer to live and die on Mars will have the opportunity to win a less permanent ride to near-Earth space through the program. If everything comes together, the grand prize winner will receive a ticket on the Lynx Mark II, XCOR Aerospace's entry into the growing commercial spaceflight market.