How Europe Is Going to Land on a Comet

In November 2014, after traveling 10 years and hundreds of millions of miles, a European spacecraft will touch down on a two-and-a-half-mile-wide ball of ice and dust as it hurtles through space towards the sun. And if all goes according to plan, this unprecedented feat could finally give us what we need to understand… » 12/10/13 3:20pm 12/10/13 3:20pm

The Rosetta Spacecraft Is Humanity's First Asteroid Lander

While NASA's asteroid-capturing mission remains grounded from a lack of Congressional funding, a similar and equally ambitious ESA program is nearing fruition. In the coming months, the Rosetta spacecraft and its integrated Philae probe will become the first manmade objects to not only orbit an asteroid but land on it… » 10/14/13 11:30am 10/14/13 11:30am