Rosetta’s lander Philae wakes up from hibernation

Rosetta’s lander Philae has woken up after seven months in hibernation on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The signals were received at ESA’s European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt at 22:28 CEST on 13 June. More than 300 data packets have been analysed by the teams at the Lander Control Center at the German Aerospace […]

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NASA Instrument on Rosetta Makes Comet Atmosphere Discovery

Data collected by NASA’s Alice instrument aboard the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft reveal that electrons close to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko — not photons from the sun, as had been believed — cause the rapid breakup of water and carbon dioxide molecules spewing from the comet’s surface. This composite is a mosaic comprising […]

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Rosetta spacecraft begins to listen out for Philae contact

Spacecraft’s receivers activated early on Friday in the hope that probe will make contact during increased exposure to sunlight over coming months. The European Rosetta spacecraft began to listen out for its robotic lander this morning amid hopes that the comet-riding probe may soon have enough solar power to wake from hibernation. The Philae lander […]

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