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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Rosetta’s Comet Undergoes Dramatic Outburst

Just 9 days after making its closest approach to the sun, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko underwent a dramatic outburst. A crack or hole in its crust allowed a bottled-up bubble of dust-laden gas to spew into space in a grand display. Comets, being made of ice and dirt, shed most heavily when nearest the sun as 67P/C-G was…
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Philae Struggles To Stay In Contact With Earth

Stubborn Philae. Engineers with the Rosetta mission have repeatedly tried to get in touch with the little lander on the surface of the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko but to no avail. Three weeks after Philae surprised everyone by contacting Earth, there’s still no steady link that would allow mission control to talk to the lander and tell it to fire up science…
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