Philae comet probe given one last shake to continue its search for life

Rosetta mission probe will be told to crank up a flywheel in a bid to shake dust off its solar panels so it can continue work on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Scientists have begun work on a last-chance manoeuvre to contact the long-silent Philae probe, dropped more than a year ago onto the…

Scientists to get ringside view as comet 67P reaches closest point to Sun

Robot probe Rosetta could provide dramatic images as 67P reaches perihelion, its orbital highpoint – and threatens to break up. European scientists are preparing to celebrate an unusual midsummer festival – on a comet that is currently 165 million kilometres from Earth. The comet, 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, is set to reach the…