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.
The “business end” of the three Common Booster Cores (CBCs) for the Delta IV Heavy are readied for America’s next step towards deep space. Photo Credit: Mike Killian/AmericaSpace
Twelve days now remain before the long-awaited launch of Orion—the first human-capable vehicle for Beyond Earth Orbit (BEO) exploration in more than four decades—on its inaugural […]
Artist’s conception of super-Earth 55 Cancri e, one of the few exoplanets so far which astronomers are able to study the atmosphere of. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Some of the most interesting exoplanets discovered so far are the “super-Earths,” rocky worlds which are significantly larger and more massive than Earth but still smaller than the […]
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 […]
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 […]
Cassini radar image of part of Kraken Mare, the largest sea on Titan. Radar echoes on a 25-mile (40-kilometer) track along the eastern shoreline are shown as black and blue circles. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASI/Cornell
The Cassini spacecraft continues to make new discoveries about Titan’s methane seas and lakes, answering some questions but raising additional ones […]
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 […]
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 astronaut Alexander Gerst installs a high-speed camera and other hardware into the Electromagnetic Levitator on the International Space Station. Image Credit: NASA
According to Vic Cooley, Lead Increment Specialist for Expedition 41/42, the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) has been as busy as ever this week, with research projects in […]
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!