Philae

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 […]
January 13, 2016

European Space Agency’s comet lander fails to communicate, running out of time

The clock is running out on a spacecraft that made history by landing on a comet in November 2014. The Philae lander was part of the […]
July 21, 2015

Philae comet lander falls silent

The Philae comet lander has fallen silent, according to scientists working on the European Rosetta mission. The fridge-sized spacecraft, which landed on Comet 67P in November, […]
June 15, 2015

Comet robot Philae phones home again

Europe‘s comet lander has again been in touch with Earth. The Philae probe made three short contacts of about 10 seconds each at roughly 2130 GMT […]
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 […]
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 […]