Even with the Rosetta Spacecraft successfully caught up and in orbit of its quarry, the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, its mission is far from over. Experts involved in the Rosetta mission must now prepare to set a lander down on the comet - a task that will take a great deal of planning.
Just how big is your average comet? Experts say that the average comet has a nucleolus that reaches out to about 6 square miles, That makes the comet that the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft just recently chased down up-to three times smaller than some of its brethren. Those figures truly don't give this enormous space rock justice. Now, a new photo has been circulating the twittersphere that has people in awe of what they thought was a "tiny" comet.
After playing an otherworldly game of cat-and-mouse for more than a decade, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft has finally caught up to its comet quarry, making history with a first meeting at breakneck speeds of more than 3,400 mph (55,000 km/h.)
The European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft is only five days away from reaching its comet quarry after beginning a chase that started in 2004. Earlier this month, the craft was able to measure the temperature of the comet for the first time.
A comet is due to hurtle by Mars at incredible speeds in the near future, and NASA has to make preparations so that the Red Planet's orbiting spacecraft do not find themselves being pummeled by bullets of ice and stone.
New images from the European Space Agency's (ESA) comet-chasing Rosetta spacecraft have revealed that its quarry is a fairly irregular-shaped chunk of space ice and rock.
The European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft is closing in on its asteroid "prey" and scientists are beginning to notice some nervous sweating. Rosetta and NASA-made instruments are already detecting water vapor dripping from the comet even 217,480 miles (~350 000 km) away.
A European Space Agency (ESA) craft will soon become the first to orbit a comet and land a probe on its surface. Even now, as the Spacecraft draws closer, scientists are learning new things about comet behavior.
NASA has recently greenlighted a private group to attempt to "reboot" a 35-year-old spacecraft currently drifting through space with no mission. The spacecraft will be swinging the closest it's been to Earth in 30 years, giving scientists a small window of time to contact the craft and get it working once more.
The May Camelopardalids meteor shower is nearly upon us, but for many parts of the United States, all hopeful stargazers might see is clouds. However, in the event of a rainy weekend, several experts suggest some ways to still experience the never-before-seen meteor storm.
The European spacecraft Rosetta is tracking a comet located far out in space near Jupiter's orbit that has recently developed a veil of dust.
Meteor showers often repeat as the Earth passes through clouds of dust and other fall-off from comets and large meteors again and again. However, our skies are about to be graced by a new, never-before-seen shower as the comet 209P/LINEAR sheds pieces of ice and rock as it draws closer to the sun.
The first of two bright comets predicted for the year will be putting on a spectacle visible to the naked eye tonight for sky observers in the Northern Hemisphere. Scientists say though that the best dates to view the Comet Pan-STARRS will be Mar. 12 and 13, when the very thin crescent Moon will serve as a viewing guide.
An exciting week for sky gazers is coming our way as not one, but two comets are expected to put on a naked-eye spectacle in the Northern Hemisphere.