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Rosetta Team Focusing on Upcoming Comet and Lander Science and Planning Ultra Close Flyby

From the location where it came to rest after bounces, the Philae lander of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission captured this view of a cliff on the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The feature is called “Perihelion Cliff.” The image is from the lander’s CIVA camera. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

The team guiding Europe’s history making […]

Rosetta Observations Spark Debate on Origin of Earth's Water

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 20 November 2014. This mosaic comprises four individual NAVCAM images taken from 30.8 km from the centre of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 20 November 2014. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

Comets? Asteroids? Or what?

One of the most basic questions driving Astronomy and Space Exploration is: Where did the water […]

Rosetta Team Homing In on Philae’s Historic Final Comet Touchdown Site and Organics Location

Philae’s final landing site, estimated by CONSERT. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CONSERT

By combining tantalizing clues from several different science instruments, the Rosetta science team is homing in on the location of Europe’s plucky Philae lander’s final landing site after successfully completing history’s first-ever soft landing on a comet, nearly two weeks ago, and discovering organic molecules.

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Philae Detects Organic Molecules at Comet Landing Site

OSIRIS spots Philae drifting across the comet. These incredible images show the breathtaking journey of Rosetta’s Philae lander as it approached and then rebounded from its first touchdown on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on 12 November 2014. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Europe’s intrepid and plucky Philae spacecraft has detected organic molecules on the surface […]

Philae Lands Three Times, Transmits Full Science Data Package, Then Sleeps ... For Now

Rosetta’s lander Philae has returned the first panoramic image from the surface of a comet. The view as it has been captured by the CIVA-P imaging system, shows a 360º view around the point of final touchdown. The three feet of Philae’s landing gear can be seen in some of the frames. Superimposed on […]

Touchdown! ESA’s Philae Probe Soft Lands on a Comet for First Time in Human History

Philae ROLIS camera image acquired during descent on 12 November 2014 at 14:38:41 to Comet 67P/C-G from a distance of approximately 3 km from surface. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS/DLR Story updated

For the first time in human history, a manmade object has touched down on the surface of a comet!

Marking a truly astounding moment, the […]

Bullseye! Rosetta Orbiter Locks on Audacious Agilkia Comet Landing Site

The Agilkia landing site is seen in this image of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, taken with Rosetta’s navigation camera on 6 November, just days before its lander Philae makes its historic descent to the surface. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

As frenzied anticipation mounts worldwide for history’s audacious first attempt to land on a comet, […]

ESA Announces Landing Site Name for Rosetta’s Bold Comet Lander: AGILKIA!

Philae’s landing site. This four-image NAVCAM mosaic shows Philae’s landing site as Rosetta departed its 10 km orbit on 30 October, when the spacecraft was 26.8 km from the centre of the comet. ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

The landing site for Rosetta’s Philae comet lander now has an official name: AGILKIA!

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Rosetta Reaches Comet Lander Delivery Orbit

Rosetta & Philae at comet 67P. Credit: ESA–C. Carreau/ATG medialab

Europe’s Rosetta orbiter has reached the orbit from which it will dispatch the small Philae lander to touchdown on the “head” of a comet for the first time in human history.

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The Case of the Exocomets Around Beta Pictoris

An artist’s impression showing exocomets orbiting the star Beta Pictoris. After analyzing archival observations that had been made with the HARPS spectrograph at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile, astronomers have discovered two families of exocomets around this nearby young star. Image Credit: ESO/L. Calçada

With the recent close flyby of comet Siding Spring […]