April 21, 2015

Rosetta Watches Comet Erupt With a Dusty Surprise

On March 12, the Rosetta spacecraft was imaging Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from a distance of 75 kilometers (46 miles) and by pure chance it spotted an eruption of dusty […]
December 2, 2014

Philae May Have Grazed a Crater and Tumbled Over Comet

You’ve heard of first-world problems? Well this is an off-world problem: accidentally scraping the rim of a crater with one’s landing gear during a landing on a comet, […]
November 17, 2014

Results of European comet lander's experiments due Monday

BERLIN –  A first evaluation of the data that comet lander Philae sent to the European Space Center before its depleted batteries forced it to go […]
November 16, 2014

ESA: Comet Probe Is 'Game Changer'

Hundreds of millions of kilometers from earth, a European spacecraft made history Wednesday by successfully landing on the icy, dusty surface of a speeding comet – […]
November 15, 2014

Philae comet lander sends more data before losing power

The Philae lander on the distant comet 67P has sent another stream of data back to Earth before losing power. The little probe delivered everything expected […]
November 14, 2014

Rosetta lander doing well on comet 67P, plants thermometer

Europe‘s Philae lander is doing well and has succeeded in planting a thermometer in the comet where it touched down this week, the European Space Agency […]
November 13, 2014

Rosetta: Comet lander Philae now stable

The robot probe Philae that made a historic comet landing is now stable after initially failing to attach to the surface, and is sending pictures. Efforts […]
November 12, 2014

Rosetta mission: Radio hook-up made to comet robot

A key milestone has been reached in the quest to land a spacecraft on a comet. Controllers say they have now made radio contact with the […]
October 15, 2014

Spacecraft releases jaw-dropping comet ‘selfie’

The European Space Agency has just released this stunning self-portrait of the Rosetta spacecraft, taken less than ten miles from the surface of Comet 67P/C-G, which […]