Rosetta probe studies released, revealing fullest picture of comet yet

From the ‘frozen primordial soup’ of organics on the comet to new pictures, the discoveries made during the Philae lander’s first days have been published. The Philae lander may have spoken its final words, but with the data beamed back to its mothership, Rosetta, scientists have painted the fullest picture…

Philae probe still talking to Earth from surface of comet, say Rosetta scientists

Europe’s robot lab Philae phoned home on Friday after several days’ silence in its journey towards the sun on the back of a comet and is “doing very well”, the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) said. The latest contact lasted 19 minutes and is the third time Philae has touched base…

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…

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…

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…