Philae (spacecraft)

August 4, 2016

Farewell Philae: Lander tweets its heartbreaking goodbyes

The Electrical Support System Processor Unit on Rosetta is being switched off After almost two years of extreme highs and devastating lows, the Philae lander has bid its […]
January 25, 2016

Goodbye, Philae

Philae, the European Space Agency’s comet lander, made history and melted hearts when it touched down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as part of the Rosetta mission in […]
June 14, 2015

Philae comet lander wakes up, says European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (Esa) says its comet lander, Philae, has woken up and contacted Earth. Philae, the first spacecraft to land on a comet, was […]
June 13, 2015

Has Rosetta's Lost Philae Lander Been Found?

After all the excitement of the dramatic bouncy landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the little Philae lander was able to take a quick look around its surroundings […]
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 […]