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The last thing comet probe Rosetta saw

Paris - Robotic comet explorer Rosetta sent home a last-gasp photo of her target's rocky facade before crashing into its surface to end a 12-year deep-space odyssey, ground controllers said Thursday.

Comet orbiter films deep-space landslide

Paris - Landslides are not unique to Earth, researchers revealed on Tuesday.In 2015, Europe's Rosetta spacecraft witnessed -- and photographed -- a big one on the surface of a comet in deep, dark space, they reported in the journal Nature Astronomy.

Rosetta spacecraft bound for comet tomb

Darmstadt - Europe's Rosetta spacecraft was heading Friday for a mission-ending crash into the comet it has stalked for two years, a dramatic conclusion to a 12-year odyssey to demystify our Solar System's origins.

Rosetta: The end of a space odyssey

Paris - Europe's trailblazing deep-space comet exploration for clues to the origins of the Solar System ends Friday with the Rosetta orbiter joining robot lab Philae on the iceball's dusty surface for eternity.The 1.4-billion-euro ($1.

Missing comet lander Philae spotted at last: ESA

Paris - Europe's Rosetta spacecraft has finally spotted the tiny lander Philae stuck in a dark crack on the surface of its comet home -- the first glimpse since the robot lab crashlanded in 2014, ground controllers said Monday.

Goodbye Philae: Earth severs link with silent comet probe

Paris - Ground controllers bid a final farewell Wednesday to robot lab Philae, cutting communications after a year-long silence with the tiny probe hurtling through space on the surface of a comet.

Rosetta comet set to crash-land

The European Space Agency has announced the countdown to the end of the Rosetta Comet space probe. The probe will be crash-landed on Comet 67P on Friday, September 30, 2016.

Rosetta, Philae to reunite on comet for Sept 30 mission end

Paris - Europe's trailblazing Rosetta spacecraft will end its mission on September 30, reuniting with robot lab Philae on the surface of a comet hurtling through the Solar System, mission control said Thursday.

Scientists say Earth in serious danger of being hit by comets

Scientists now believe we have a far greater chance of being hit by a comet than previously thought. They say that the possibility of a catastrophic impact, which would cause mass extinctions, has been seriously underestimated.

Rosetta hits 'milestone' in comet's run past Sun

Paris - The European space probe Rosetta captured a range of scientific data as it trailed an ancient comet past the Sun which could help scientists better understand the origins of life on Earth.

Rosetta comet-chasing mission extended to September 2016

Paris - The European Space Agency announced Tuesday that its historic comet-chasing mission Rosetta had been extended until the end of September 2016."The adventure continues," the ESA declared.

'Hello Earth!': Comet probe Philae wakes up

Paris - Europe's tiny robot lab Philae, hurtling through space on the back of a comet, awoke overnight and sent home its first message in nearly seven months, mission officials said Sunday.

Oort Cloud — Ice and dust encircles Sun at 100,000 AUs above

Jan Oort's Comet Cloud is getting attention again because of its role in a new model of Galactic disc dark matter that connects the interaction between dark matter and Oort comets with Earth's mass extinctions. But what is the Oort Comet Cloud?

The only photo of Comet Lovejoy you need to see this week

Dropping the jaws of skywatchers worldwide is this photograph of Comet Lovejoy as it passes by Earth. Taken by amateur photographer Gerald Rhemann, the photo shows the comet leaving an incredible trail of ice and gas in its wake.

First color image of Comet 67P, and it's gray

The first color image from the Rosetta spacecraft shows that Comet 67P has been released by the European Space Agency and, somewhat disappointingly, it is grey.

Philae finds organic matter on comet

Philae, the sophisticated comet lander, only maintained active life for a few days. However, it has confirmed what many had suspected: organic molecules are present on the surface of the comet.

Comet probe 'sniffed' organic molecules: early data

Paris - Mankind's first-ever probe of a comet found traces of organic molecules and a surface much harder than imagined, scientists said Tuesday of initial sample data from robot lab Philae.

Images show Philae's historic comet bounce

Paris - The European Space Agency (ESA)on Sunday unveiled images of the probe Philae after it bounced while making its historic landing on a comet last Wednesday.

Comet probe sends back science treasure in final hours

Paris - Europe's science probe Philae sent home a treasure trove of data from a comet heading towards the Sun before falling silent as its power ran out, mission control said Saturday.

Low-battery probe uploading data from comet: ESA

Paris - Europe's comet probe Philae uploaded a slew of science data to Earth Friday, ending a nailbiting wait by mission controllers who feared it would run out of power before making final contact.

Comet probe in race against time to crown stellar feat

Paris - Europe's deep-space robot lab Philae worked against the clock Friday, attempting to drill into a comet 510 million kilometres (320 million miles) from Earth to crown a historic exploration before its battery runs out.

Despite landing fumble, comet probe working well

Paris - Europe's comet probe Philae was "working well" despite a rough-and-tumble touchdown that left it partly shadowed from battery-boosting sunlight, ground controllers said Thursday.

Scientists hope for data after historic but dodgy comet landing

Darmstadt - European scientists were hoping for a stream of data Thursday after a robot lab made the first-ever landing on a comet, a key step in a marathon mission to probe the mysteries of space.

Mysterious radio signals coming from Rosetta comet

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released a tape of mysterious radio signals coming from the “Rosetta comet,” or more precisely, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on which its probe will land.

Probe lands on comet in space first: ESA

Darmstadt - The European probe Philae has made the first-ever landing on a comet, a crowning phase in a quest to explore the origins of the Solar System, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Wednesday.

All systems go for historic comet landing

Darmstadt - The European Space Agency (ESA) ordered a probe to attempt Wednesday the first landing on a comet and investigate one of the great mysteries of the Solar System.

Comet-landing mission on track, one last hurdle ahead

Paris - Europe's mission to land the first-ever probe on a comet was on track Wednesday with one final "go" pending for the robot lab to eject from its mothership and start a nail-biting seven-hour descent.

Europe set to make space history with comet landing

Paris - One of the biggest gambles in space history comes to a climax on Wednesday when Europe attempts to make the first-ever landing on a comet.

NASA announces live coverage of European comet landing

Pasadena - NASA television will provide live coverage of the European Space Agency’s comet lander mission scheduled to touchdown on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Wednesday, Nov.12.

Comet Siding Spring whizzes past Mars

Washington - A comet the size of a small mountain and about as solid as a pile of talcum powder whizzed past Mars, dazzling space enthusiasts with the once-in-a-million-years encounter.
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Mission control: A bee-hive of activity on Wednesday  Nov. 12.
Mission control: A bee-hive of activity on Wednesday, Nov. 12.
ESA
A mosaic photo of Comet Lovejoy zooming through space
A mosaic photo of Comet Lovejoy zooming through space
Via Gerald Rhemann
The landing site for Philae has been chosen.
The landing site for Philae has been chosen.
ESA
Comet ISON is seen in this five-minute exposure taken at NASA s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) ...
Comet ISON is seen in this five-minute exposure taken at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) on November 8 at 5:40 a.m. EST (1040 GMT), Handout
Courtesy of NASA / Aaron Kingery / MSFC
Comet ISON shows off its tail as it streaks toward the sun.
Comet ISON shows off its tail as it streaks toward the sun.
NASA
Artist s concept of the Rosetta mission s Philae lander on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasi...
Artist's concept of the Rosetta mission's Philae lander on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
ESA
A view of the comet lovejoy earlier this year
A view of the comet lovejoy earlier this year
lrargerich
An image of the Hartley 2 comet taken when the Deep Impact spacecraft was 18 hours before the flyby
An image of the Hartley 2 comet taken when the Deep Impact spacecraft was 18 hours before the flyby
NASA/JPL-Caltech/UMD
The Comet Swift-Tuttle  which was first spotted in 1862  is thought to be roughly six miles across. ...
The Comet Swift-Tuttle, which was first spotted in 1862, is thought to be roughly six miles across. Since its first official sighting in the 19th century by Louis Swift and then by Horace Tuttle three days later, this comet hadn't been seen again until 130 years later when its closest pass with Earth occurred in 1992.
Kowch 737
False color rendition of C/2012 S1 at its discovery in September 2012.
False color rendition of C/2012 S1 at its discovery in September 2012.
Remanzacco Observatory, Italy
Artist s rendering of meteor fireball impact
Artist's rendering of meteor fireball impact
Vojtech.dostal.. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons
Comet ISON shows off its tail as it streaks toward the sun.
Comet ISON shows off its tail as it streaks toward the sun.
NASA
Another view of the Hartley 2 comet taken by NASA
Another view of the Hartley 2 comet taken by NASA
NASA/JPL-Caltech/UMD
Comet and Shutka  Russian space dogs
Comet and Shutka, Russian space dogs
Space-memorial.narod.ru
NASA s Deep Impact/EPOXI spacecraft flew past Earth on June 27  2010  to get a boost from Earth’s ...
NASA's Deep Impact/EPOXI spacecraft flew past Earth on June 27, 2010, to get a boost from Earth’s gravity. It is now on its way to comet Hartley 2, depicted in this artist’s concept, with a planned flyby on Nov 4.
Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech
A fairly bright comet dove towards the Sun in a white streak and was not seen again after its close ...
A fairly bright comet dove towards the Sun in a white streak and was not seen again after its close encounter
NASA
Fireworks came early on July 4 2005 when the Deep Impact spacecraft s probe smashed into the surface...
Fireworks came early on July 4 2005 when the Deep Impact spacecraft's probe smashed into the surface of Comet Tempel 1's nucleus at ten kilometers per second.
Credit: Univ. Maryland, JPL-Caltech, NASA
The Comet Swift-Tuttle  which was first spotted in 1862  is thought to be roughly six miles across. ...
The Comet Swift-Tuttle, which was first spotted in 1862, is thought to be roughly six miles across. Since its first official sighting in the 19th century by Louis Swift and then by Horace Tuttle three days later, this comet hadn't been seen again until 130 years later when its closest pass with Earth occurred in 1992.
Kowch 737
This comet’s orbit will bring it near the sun in 2013 and by November 2013  it may actually outshi...
This comet’s orbit will bring it near the sun in 2013 and by November 2013, it may actually outshine the Moon in the sky.
Remanzacco Observatory
This “selfie” by a camera on the Philae landing craft was taken Oct. 7 about 16 kilometres from ...
This “selfie” by a camera on the Philae landing craft was taken Oct. 7 about 16 kilometres from Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. You can see the side of the Rosetta spacecraft and one of Rosetta’s 14-metre-long solar wings, with the comet in the background.
ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

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