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Philae comet possible home to alien life is false say scientists

The Guardian reported that scientists believed that comet 67p could be inhabited by alien life. Scientists involved with the Rosetta mission shot down the claims and the Guardian reversed its position, writing that there is no life on the comet.

Rosetta: Next step, hitching rides on comets across the cosmos?

No, its not a new sequel to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, its a serious possibility and the successful landing of the Philae probe could be a first step towards it. In fact, NASA has already funded research to look into its feasibility.

How to watch live humanity's first attempt at landing on a comet

Wednesday, Nov. 12 will either be history-making or heart-breaking. That day will be the culmination of a ten-year project that has already taught us much about our solar system.

The biggest gamble in the history of space: Landing on a comet

Final preparations are being made for what is described as one of the biggest gambles in space history, coming up on Wednesday, November 12. After over 20 years of work, the goal of landing a probe, Philae, on a comet may soon be realized.

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.

ESA selects name for landing site on 'smelly' comet

Berne - The projected landing site where the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta comet lander is due to make comet-fall next week now has a name.

ESA's Rosetta probe enters orbit at Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet

Paris - The European Space Agency’s (ESA) comet-chaser mission, already 10 years in transit, has rendezvoused with its target the 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko comet. The ESA Rosetta probe enters orbit around the comet today, Wednesday.

ESA space launches in 2013: A busy year for European Space Agency

The European Space Agency has released details of space missions scheduled in 2013 and developments in prospect with current orbiters and satellites.
 

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View of comet 67P on November 4  2014.
View of comet 67P on November 4, 2014.
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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.
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Comet 67P/C-G on 20 July 2015.
Comet 67P/C-G on 20 July 2015.
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Artist s impression of ESA s Rosetta comet chaser and lander
Artist's impression of ESA's Rosetta comet chaser and lander
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The Rosetta spacecraft.
The Rosetta spacecraft.
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This well-lit image was acquired by Philae’s CIVA camera 4 at the final landing site Abydos  on th...
This well-lit image was acquired by Philae’s CIVA camera 4 at the final landing site Abydos, on the small lobe of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, on 13 November 2014. The image shows one of the CONSERT antennas in the foreground, which seems to be in contact with the nucleus. The dimensions of the antenna, 5 mm in diameter and 693 mm long, help to provide a scale to the image. The pebble-like features, blocks and cliffs observed in the CIVA images corresponds to what has been seen at larger
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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.
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ESA s control center
ESA's control center
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Close-up of the region containing Philae’s primary landing site J  which is located on the ‘head...
Close-up of the region containing Philae’s primary landing site J, which is located on the ‘head’ of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The mosaic comprises two images taken by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on 14 September 2014 from a distance of about 30 km.
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Artist impression of ESA s Rosetta approaching comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The comet image was ...
Artist impression of ESA's Rosetta approaching comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The comet image was taken on 2 August 2014 by the spacecraft's navigation camera at a distance of about 500 km
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This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko that was obtained on August 3rd  2014 shows very diffe...
This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko that was obtained on August 3rd, 2014 shows very different surface structures such as steep slopes and wide planes.
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Philae lander closing to the surface of a comet. Frame from the movie  Chasing A Comet – The Roset...
Philae lander closing to the surface of a comet. Frame from the movie "Chasing A Comet – The Rosetta Mission".
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