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Comet on 1 January 2015 – NavCam
2015-01-07 10:35:37

Efforts to discover the exact location of the Rosetta mission’s Philae lander have proven unsuccessful, and European Space Agency scientists fear that the probe might have become covered by dust falling back onto the surface of the comet it currently calls home.

Rosetta philae comet
2014-12-18 08:56:53

It's getting more sunlight than they originally thought it would. Rejoice!

color comet
2014-12-03 05:05:23

The release of the first color image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the comet upon which the ESA’s Philae probe landed last month, suggests that it may not be steel gray or charcoal black as previously believed.

philae landing
2014-11-21 04:09:35

It might just be a two second clip of what sounds like some rustling paper or a dull thud, but the recording of the Philae lander’s touchdown on Comet 67P/C-G allows astronomy enthusiasts to hear just what making history sounds like.

philae organic molecules
2014-11-28 06:10:00

Before the Philae lander’s batteries depleted late last week, one of its instruments was able to detect organic molecules on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko (67P/C-G), scientists involved with the mission have confirmed.

Philae_touchdown
2014-11-15 06:32:32

As had been feared, the Rosetta mission’s Philae probe has run out of power following a rough landing that caused it to come to rest in the shade, thus preventing its solar panels from receiving enough sunlight to keep the its battery charged.

Philae lander
2014-11-14 07:14:29

Just two days after its dramatic arrival on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, ESA is concerned that the Philae lander may only have a few hours of power left, prompting them to make the bold decision to begin drilling.

singing comet
2014-11-12 03:18:03

A set of instruments on the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft has picked up a mysterious "song" from Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The sounds are thought to be oscillations in the magnetic field around the comet.

Philae_separation_node_full_image_2
2014-11-12 12:15:55

Today’s historic comet-landing mission has come to a successful conclusion, as the ESA confirmed at 11:03am EST via its Twitter account that it had received a signal from Philae on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P/C-G).

2014-11-11 23:11:05

DUNMORE’s Multi-Layer Insulation (MLI) films and tapes help solve the mission critical challenge of maintaining operational temperature while the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft


Word of the Day
begunk
  • To befool; deceive; balk; jilt.
  • An illusion; a trick; a cheat.
The word 'begunk' may come from a nasalised variant of Scots begeck ("to deceive, disappoint"), equivalent to be- +‎ geck.