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A Comet Crash
Sep 30, 2016 6:35 AM CDT
A Comet Crash Landing for the Ages
Space probe Rosetta makes final journey onto comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
- It took the Rosetta a decade to catch up with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and on Friday, the space probe was sent to crash-land on the comet, ending its 12-year mission and giving European Space Agency scientists "emotional closure," the
reports. "Rosetta has been comparable to the moon...
Sep 5, 2016 10:58 AM CDT
Hooray, They've Found Philae!
European Space Agency discovered comet lander missing since 2014 stuck in 'dark crack'
- The European Space Agency's Rosetta space probe has located its lost Philae lander, wedged in a "dark crack" on the side of a comet. The agency said Monday Rosetta's camera finally captured an image of the lander on the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet, weeks before the probe's own...
Why Rosetta's Comet
Looks Like a Rubber Duck
Sep 28, 2015 3:40 PM CDT
Why Rosetta's Comet Looks Like a Rubber Duck
Think low-speed collision
- Serious space junkies might be able to identify the comet on which Europe's Rosetta space orbiter landed last year as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Everyone else might remember that it kind of looks like a rubber duck . The odd shape has been a topic of debate among scientists, and a new paper...
Nov 18, 2014 2:52 PM CST
Lander 'Sniffed' Organic Molecules on Comet
But an attempt to get a soil sample may have failed
- Before its battery petered out , the small spacecraft that landed on a moving comet managed to detect organic molecules on the comet, reports NBC News . An instrument aboard the Philae lander essentially sniffed the atmosphere and found evidence of the molecules, which, as the
Wall Street Journal
explains, are the...
Nov 15, 2014 4:40 PM CST
Comet Lander's Batteries Die
But it manages to send data to scientists
- In a development that's no huge surprise , the comet lander Philae is entering what the European Space Agency calls "idle mode." When the lander missed its intended spot on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko—and its harpoons didn't manage to lock into the comet successfully—it couldn't get...
Scientists Hope to Make
Comet Lander Hop to Safety
Nov 14, 2014 6:05 PM CST
Scientists Hope to Make Comet Lander Hop to Safety
If it doesn't get sunlight soon, mission could be over
- The spacecraft that landed on a comet yesterday is still talking to scientists, but its battery is expected to conk out soon. In what could be a last-ditch effort to save the mission, scientists with the European Space Agency say they'll try to make the Philae lander essentially hop...
Landed on Comet
May Not Be Secure
Nov 12, 2014 3:50 PM CST
Probe That Landed on Comet May Not Be Secure
Harpoons might have to be fired again
- No matter what, the European Space Agency made history today with its astonishing feat of landing a spacecraft on a comet . But now the ESA has a simpler concern: Its Philae lander, about the size of a washing machine, might fall off. The main problem is that the lander's...
Success: ESA Lands
Philae on Comet
Nov 12, 2014 10:14 AM CST
Success: ESA Lands Philae on Comet
Lots of relief at ESA headquarters as spacecraft touches down
- The European Space Agency's unmanned Rosetta probe successfully landed on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko today, capping its final seven-hour journey with a historic rendezvous with the fast-moving lump of dust and ice. Philae's audacious landing attempt is the climax of a decade-long mission to study the 2....
Scientists Brace for
'7 Hours of Terror'
Nov 11, 2014 9:10 AM CST
Scientists Brace for Comet Landing's '7 Hours of Terror'
Philae to depart tomorrow morning
- Tomorrow's a big day at the European Space Agency: Officials are getting ready to land a probe on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko , Space.com reports. The Philae robot will have to navigate a "very, very rough" surface, and officials won't know whether things have worked out until after what...
For Comet Landing,
'J' Marks the Spot
Sep 15, 2014 8:42 AM CDT
For Comet Landing, 'J' Marks the Spot
Robot will get one shot to touch down on 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
- Europe's space agency has finally decided exactly where on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko it's going to attempt to land a robot—and in this case, "J" marks the spot. The robot, called Philae, is currently being carried by the space probe Rosetta, which is orbiting 67P after a decade-long...
After 10-Year Chase,
Space Probe Catches Comet
Aug 6, 2014 7:33 AM CDT
After 10-Year Chase, Space Probe Catches Comet
Spacecraft to be 1st to hook up with a comet in yearlong trip around sun
- The thrill is often in the chase itself—though for European Space Agency scientists, there's definitely a thrill in actually catching the object they've been chasing. The Rosetta space probe, which was sent hurtling through space a decade ago to hunt down comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko—aka the "rubber...
Jul 18, 2014 10:50 AM CDT
Space Probe Chasing 'Rubber Duck' Comet
Rosetta probe closing in on rare double comet
- Space may have found itself a mascot: a double comet some say looks an awful lot like a giant rubber duck. The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe has been gaining on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko since reawakening this year , hoping to send a lander to its surface. Now that it's...
Jan 20, 2014 12:41 PM CST
Slumbering Comet-Chaser Awakens
Rosetta ready for 1st mission to land on a comet
- After snoozing since 2011, the comet-chasing Rosetta probe awoke today, sending the message "Hello World!" to the European Space Agency just after 1pm EST, according to the AP . The European probe, launched a decade ago, has been in a long hibernation to save power. Now, it's ready...
Space Probe Visits
Biggest Asteroid Yet
Jul 10, 2010 1:43 PM CDT
Space Probe Visits Biggest Asteroid Yet
Europe's Rosetta snapping photos of mysterious Lutetia
- The European Space Agency is pulling off a nifty feat 280 million miles from home. Its comet-chasing space probe Rosetta is making a flyby of the biggest asteroid ever visited by a spacecraft, reports the BBC . Rosetta will be sending back photos of Lutetia, which was first spotted 150 years...
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