Philae, the brave little comet lander that captured our hearts last year, has probably fallen silent for good. After a final, desperate effort to contact the spacecraft over the weekend didn’t pan out, the German Aerospace Agency (DLR) reports that the chances of ever speaking to the probe again are slim—and they’re…
High above us, perched precariously on the cold surface of a comet, there sits one of the most technologically-advanced and singular machines humanity ever sent to hurtle up into space and stick its unlikely landing. And now that it’s there, it’s totally ignoring all our attempts to talk to it.
What’s better than a stop motion explainer on asteroids, comets, meteors, and meteorites? Nothing. Nothing is better.
“EXCLUSIVE: Could this asteroid destroy Earth in just SIX weeks?” According to NASA, the answer is “absolutely not, you imbeciles.”
This stunning view of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko shows what happens when its moves closer toward the Sun: it ejects gas and dust that gets left in its wake. And looks gorgeous, too.
This brand new image from the OSIRIS scientific imaging camera of European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft reveals two fascinating things. First, we have an incredibly detailed view of the surface of Comet 67P. Second, look at that fuzzy, dark patch at the bottom of the photo—it's the shadow of the spacecraft itself!
Taken by the Dark Energy Camera of Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, this accidental picture of Comet Lovejoy must be one of the most beautiful comet portraits we've ever seen.
There are not three, four or five, but six different night sky phenomena visible in this amazing astrophoto taken by Petr Horálek, European Southern Observatory's photo ambassador.
Just when I thought I had enough of Rosetta's photos of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, ESA has released this four-image mosaic that shows an incredible cliff more than one kilometer (0.62 miles) high. The image was taken from a distance of 20.1 kilometer on December 10. Here's another version, zoomed out.
Rosetta's lander is hibernating on a comet now, waiting for a brighter sun. The mission's scientists, though, have been hard at work, scrutinizing reams of data and predicting how the lander could wake up. Today, Rosetta's scientists dropped some new photos and intriguing hints of what's to come at the American…
Until now, all photos of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko have been in greyscale. According to a research paper that will be presented at the American Geophysical Union's 2014 Fall Meeting, you are looking at its first true color photo, taken with Rosetta's OSIRIS camera.
We have sound! The stream of data from Philae, the Rosetta mission's little lander currently hibernating on comet 67, now includes the very "thump" it made while touching down. The two-second recording is more scientifically interesting than you might think.
While you were worrying about Philae's landing, the spacecraft Rosetta has been patiently circling the comet, doing its own science. And it's just dropped some intriguing results into the big debate over how Earth got its water.
All photos from space are cool, but this photo of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is simply masterful, the most spectacular of all the photos of the comet so far. Worthy of a Kubrick movie frame.
Everyone's favorite underdog lander, Philae, was traveling at about 1.6 feet per second as she zoomed towards the formidable chunk of ice and rock known as 67P. That was slow enough that her mothership Rosetta was actually able to capture the descent in images released today by the ESA.
Goodnight, Philae, though not, we hope, goodbye. The lander is now in sleep mode, keeping "all instruments and most systems on board shut down." Thankfully, engineers managed to gather all the collected comet data before Philae's batteries were depleted. If we're lucky, it may wake up when it gets closer to the Sun.
Against all odds, Philae has confirmed that the first ever drilling of a comet has happened! ESA has received telemetry data indicating that the drill worked. They also managed to send ALL data before going into sleep mode. What is Philae going to find? Perhaps the building blocks of life? UPDATE 5.
Apparently, if you take the spacey audio track from Comet 67P and mix it with the orchestral performance of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of The Bumblebee you get universal perfection! Just listen to this awesome mashup: