These Are the First Images Sent Back to Earth By Rosetta and Philae

This morning marks one of the most exciting moments in space exploration in years: Rosetta's lander, Philae, will touch down on the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. It's still making its way down to the comet, but the little lander that could is already snapping photos and sending them home. » 11/12/14 9:38am 11/12/14 9:38am

7 Gadgets Rosetta Is Sending To the Surface of the Comet

Last week, the European Space Agency announced a final date—November 11—for when it will release its Rosetta lander, a tiny pod called Philae, down to the surface of the comet. Like a cosmic hobo carrying a stick and bindle, it will travel laden with only the essentials. Thanks to Universe Today, ESA, and NASA, we… » 9/25/14 9:20am 9/25/14 9:20am

NASA's Morpheus Lander Completes Its First Explosion-Free Test Flight

We all have to crawl before we can walk, and NASA's Morpheus lander is no different—well, except for the fact that "crawl," in this case, actually means burst into a pile of flames. But all that's in the past, and NASA's taken to their YouTube and Instagram accounts to show off the absolutely stunning success of the… » 12/10/13 4:51pm 12/10/13 4:51pm

NASA's Morpheus Lander Could Use Space Waste to Make Its Own Fuel

Conventional rocket fuel—mostly ammonium perchlorate and aluminum—is difficult stuff to come by when you're on, say, the Moon. So we'll need to develop flexible alternative fuels if we ever want escape the backwoods of the solar system. Luckily, NASA's green engine test rig, the Morpheus Lander, is doing just that. » 6/22/12 11:40am 6/22/12 11:40am

World’s Deepest Fish Filmed For the First Time

This is a group of snailfish-the deepest living fish in existence-filmed alive for the first time in history in the name science and nausea. They live at depths of 4.6 miles (7,500 meters) or more, so scientists had to develop new camera technology capable of supporting a pressure of 8,000 tonnes per square metre-"the… » 10/07/08 6:00pm 10/07/08 6:00pm

Phoenix Lander Has Touched Martian Water For the First Time

NASA just announced that the Phoenix Lander has successfully scooped up a Martian water ice sample and placed it in its oven for scientific analysis. "Mars Odyssey discovered this ice six years ago, but we've now touched it and tasted it, which is something that hasn't been done before," said a scientist at today's… » 7/31/08 2:25pm 7/31/08 2:25pm