Rosetta, Europe's Comet-Chasing Spacecraft: Latest News, Images and Video

Learn more about the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft that arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on Aug. 6, 2014.
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Best Space Stories of the Week – July 19
Pluto's heart, new horizons images
July 19th, 2015
NASA's New Horizons probe dominated the news cycle this week, after making a successful close encounter with Pluto, and sending back incredible images and data. Plus, an astronaut mining company launched a tech-testing satellite.
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Rosetta Sees Signs of Water Ice on Comet Surface (Photos)
Ice on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
June 29th, 2015
Patches of water ice likely speckle the surface of Rosetta's comet, according to observations newly released from the European spacecraft. The orbiter spotted 120 bright spots that were at least a few meters in size.
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Philae Rises! What's Next for Rosetta's Comet Lander?
 Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November 2014
June 18th, 2015
After a 7-month hiatus, the revived European comet lander is nearly ready to resume work, expanding on our scientific understanding of the solar system.
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Philae Comet Lander Phones Home to Earth Again
Philae Lander on Comet 67P
July 16th, 2015
After more than two weeks of silence, the European Philae lander on the surface of a comet phoned home once again this month in a long-distance call routed through its Rosetta mothership.
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Rosetta to Spiral onto Comet's Surface After Extended Mission
NAVCAM Image of Comet 67P/C-G
June 24th, 2015
The Rosetta probe, which is currently orbiting a comet as it hurtles around the sun, has been given an extended lifetime that will likely end with the spacecraft falling down onto the surface of the comet, officials announced yesterday.
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Charged Particles Play Surprising Role in Comet's Eruptions
A composite image of four NAV/CAM images taken 19 miles (31 kilometers) from the center of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. A new study has revealed that electrons from the comet, not photons from the sun, are responsible for the breakup of water and carb
June 15th, 2015
Electrons from the surface of a comet, not photons from the sun, are responsible for the breakup of water and carbon dioxide molecules, according to new data from the Rosetta mission.
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Gentle Collisions May Shape Comets into 'Rubber Duckies'
bi-lobed structure of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
June 30th, 2015
Why do so many comets have a two-lobed, "rubber ducky" shape? It's the result of gentle collisions and mergers, new simulations reveal.
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Best Space Stories of the Week – June 21, 2015
Ancient Mars
June 21st, 2015
Crashed comet lander Philae phones home. A dead satellite falls to Earth. Mars shows both methane-laced meteorites and a possibly icy past, and the moon's dust gets a source in the best of this week's space news.
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It's Alive! Comet Lander Philae Phones Home After Months of Silence
The European Space Agency's Philae comet lander is seen by the Rosetta spacecraft in this image captured on Nov. 12, 2014 as Philae headed for its landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
June 14th, 2015
A European probe that made a bouncy landing on a comet last year and then slipped into an silent hibernation is alive again and phoning home. The Philae comet lander on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko beamed its "alive" signal home on Saturday, June 13.
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