New data from the European Space Agency's (ESA) historic Philae landing on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has revealed that the tiny craft didn't just touchdown, it bounced, skating the surface of the rotating comet to settle pretty far away from where experts had hoped it would land.
If landers could dance, the Rosetta Spacecraft's Philae lander would be doing a touchdown boogie in the "end zone" of a massive comet right now. That's because the lander just made history as the first man-made craft to ever make a soft landing on the surface of a comet as it continues to hurtle through space.
The site where the Rosetta spacecraft's Philae lander will make history later this month finally has a name. And despite the fact that this name was chosen by the public, it's not quirky or clever, it's just plain appropriate.
The Rosetta mission is currently making history as the first spacecraft to not only "catch a comet," slipping into the icy behemoth's gravitational field, but it will also be the first to land an analytic robot on its surface. Will such an accomplishment be remembered in the many, many generations to come? The European Space Agency (ESA) and short filmmaker Tomek Bagiński seems to think so.
Now in near-touching distance to its comet quarry, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency's (ESA) comet-chasing spacecraft Rosetta has managed to snap some stunning photos as the "Rubber Ducky" comet sheds a coma from its vast solid mass.
Here's something a little stunning. A veteran European Space Agency (ESA) satellite that measures the intensity of the Earth's gravity has found that ice loss in West Antarctica has actually led to subtle dips in local gravity.
The European Space Agency (ESA) finally announced the exact date on which its Rosetta comet chasing spacecraft will deploy the Philae lander. The lander will alight onto the surface of a massive comet on November 12, making history as the first manmade vehicle to set down on a comet as it whips through space.
The International Space Station (ISS) will soon be fully crewed with six astronauts and cosmonauts once more, enabling a full start of the 41st expedition. The current crew of three are expecting the arrival of the SpaceX CRS-4 Dragon today and soon-after will receive the next batch of crewmates with open arms.
The European Space Agency (ESA) has developed a hands free device that will allow their astronauts to consult audio manuals, videos, and ground control on demand inside their spacesuits and while floating around the International Space Station (ISS).
After considerable deliberation, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta mission team has finally chosen the spot where the Philae Lander will set down. The lander will detach from the Rosetta comet-chasing spacecraft and alight onto the carefully selected part of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko this November.
The long-running Cassini orbital Saturn mission has revealed that there are hundreds of hydrocarbon lakes and seas located all over Saturn's moon Titan. Now new observations have led researchers to believe that they can explain, at least in-part, how methane rainfall replenishes these liquid landmarks.
The European Space Agency's (ESA) fledgling satellite, Sentinal-1A, has recently taken some wild radar images of ruptures caused by northern California's most recent serious earthquake.
Astronomers using a combination of land and space telescopes believe they have, for the first time, identified a "building site" for galaxy construction, with millions of newborn stars blazing into existence.
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.