Haven’t stayed on top of the Rosetta mission? Learn about the spacecraft, lander, and what we’ve learned from the comet so far in under 3 minutes of charming stop motion.
As Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko sneaks closer to the sun, the Rosetta orbiter is capturing dramatic outbursts from the ever-more active comet. This jet was so powerful, it momentarily out-puffed the solar wind, creating a rarely-observed diamagnetic cavity.
The Rosetta spacecraft spotted its shadow. Does that mean Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko is in for 6 more weeks of winter?
The hunt for Rosetta's misplaced lander on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is like staring out an airplane window trying to find a washing machine in a field of boulders. These gorgeous new images from the European Space Agency highlight the incredible challenge of finding a tiny robot on a huge comet.
Every December, geoscientists descend on San Francisco for the American Geophysical Union annual meeting. It's the time for announcements big and small over a daunting diversity of topics. Summarizing the breadth of research is an exercise in futility, so instead, here's a tiny taste of what was shared.
So far, the places we've landed are all within our solar system. But this list keeps on getting longer, and the compiled image keeps getting wider. I love the future.
It is an incredible day for science when a tiny robot manages to land on a comet. It is an irritating day for science when that gets overshadowed by a poor wardrobe choice. It is a good day for science when that mistake is quickly addressed, and even better when it results in a fantastic new shirt design.
It's time for the latest installment in Rosetta and Philae's adorable cartoon series. After insisting the spacecraft wake up, impatiently demanding to know if it was there yet?!, telling stories to pass the time, and finally arriving, it's time to get giddy about Philae's impending landing on a comet.
Last night, Rosetta made the first of three burns to settle into orbit around comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. But, just how big is that lump of dirty snow? It is taller than Mount Fuji, big enough to hide a Borg Cube, and it would make a cozy home for a space slug.
The Rosetta spacecraft was scheduled to launch in February 2003 when its rocket rudely exploded while carrying a different satellite. The European Space Agency was stuck with an expensive craft, an approaching launch date, and no ride. It was time for new plan.
Waking up a spacecraft is no simple task. For recent the awakening of comet-chaser Rosetta, the European Space Agency recruited an entire contest of wake-up videos.
Not only did Rosetta take its first peek at its destination comet, but its passenger Philae is awake and functional. The Philae lander scheduled to actually hop down to the comet in November 2014, anchor on, and perform a variety of tests directly on the comet's surface.