Meet Kenneth And Juliette, The Comet Carbon Duo

Most of us really don’t care for dust. It’s something to blow off, swipe away with your hand or vacuum up. But dust is where it’s at when it comes to Rosetta’s Comet. By studying what’s in the tiny particles that vaporize off the comet, scientists have made a marvelous discovery. Two particles, playfully named…
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Philae Found In Final Hour! Comet Probe Slumbers In Boulder’s Shadow

We found our comet lander! Tipped over on its side and looking forlorn but still intact, Philae was discovered wedged into a dark crack on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko this weekend, less than a month before the end of the Rosetta mission. The images were taken on Sept. 2 by the OSIRIS narrow-angle camera as the orbiter came…
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Rosetta Comet Mission To End In Dramatic Crash Landing

Even as we scrunch closer to our laptops in anticipation of Juno’s arrival at Jupiter tomorrow, another mission will soon be concluding. After two years in close company with a dusty comet, the Rosetta mission will end in dramatic fashion with a planned crash landing on the comet’s surface on September 30. Hard to believe it’s…
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Eternity On A Comet

A reconstruction of Philae’s 2-hour flight across Comet 67P/C-G on November 12, 2014. The probe measures 3.3 × 3.3 × 2.6 ft (1 × 1 × 0.8 meter) Rosetta’s Philae comet lander may never be heard from again. Since its last call to the mothership 7 months ago, temperatures have dropped on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko to the…
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Rosetta’s Comet Flies By The Galaxies / Moon Buzzes Jupiter

I miss you guys. I’ve been in a white heat the past couple weeks finishing writing a book about the stars with little time to devote to much else. But this beautiful photo taken by Damian Peach of Rosetta’s Comet deserves to be seen by a wider audience. The photo shows the comet against a fantastic…
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