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

Learn more about the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft, set to catch up to a comet on Aug. 6, 2014.
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Daring Philae Comet Landing Named Top Breakthrough of 2014
Comet 67P/C-G seen from Rosetta
December 18th, 2014
The first-ever soft landing of a robotic probe the surface of a comet has just been named the top scientific breakthrough of 2014 by the journal Science.
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Most of Earth's Water Came from Asteroids, Not Comets
Comet 67P on Dec. 7, 2014
December 10th, 2014
Asteroids, not comets, may have delivered most of Earth's water to the planet when the solar system was young, new data from a probe orbiting a comet suggests.
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Rosetta Documentary Airing Tonight on PBS
Comet 67P from Less Than 6.2 Miles (10 Km)
November 19th, 2014
Relive last week's thrilling comet landing tonight with a documentary about the historic space mission airing on PBS tonight (Nov. 19).
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European Comet Lander May Wake Up from Space Slumber
Philae Lander's View of 'Perihelion Cliff' on Comet Surface
December 17th, 2014
It's now approaching summer in the presumed location of Europe's Philae lander on a comet, so the washing-machine-size probecould soon access enough energy to open its eyes and start working again, Rosetta mission scientists said.
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Philae Lander, Like Philae Obelisk, Is a Window to the Past
philae, obelisk, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Ben Altshuler
November 21st, 2014
The Philae lander is named for the Philae obelisk, as both are uncovering answers to ancient secrets.
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Philae Lander Sniffed Out Organics in Comet's Atmosphere
First Comet 67P Panoramic Image by Philae Lander
November 19th, 2014
The first probe ever to land on the surface of a comet performed some serious science before going into hibernation. Europe's Philae probe found organic molecules in the comet's atmosphere and discovered that the icy body's surface is as hard as ice.
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Philae Comet Lander's Big Bounce Captured in Amazing Photos
The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft captured these photos of the Philae lander descending toward, and then bouncing off, the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko during its historic touchdown on Nov. 12, 2014.
November 17th, 2014
Newly released photos by the Rosetta mothership show Philae's descent toward the comet and the probe's position shortly after its first bounce. The images span 30 minutes around Philae's initial touchdown.
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Rosetta Spacecraft's Comet Water Discovery: What It Means for Earth
Comet 67P on Dec 1, 2014
December 12th, 2014
Where did Earth's water come from? Comets? Asteroids? New data from the Rosetta spacecraft orbiting Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko shows that comets — once thought responsible for seeding Earth with water — might not have delivered water to the planet.
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Rosetta Mission's Historic Comet Landing: Full Coverage
The strange, alien landscape of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko is seen in detail in this photo from the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft captured in late October 2014 ahead of the Nov. 12 landing of Rosetta's Philae lander.
November 19th, 2014
Read news, see photos and watch videos about the Rosetta mission's landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko scheduled for Nov. 12.
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Philae Lander On Comet Could Wake Up As It Nears Sun: Scientists
Europe's Philae lander took this panorama from the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko after its historic touchdown on Nov. 12, 2014. Philae's body is superimposed on the image.
November 18th, 2014
It's likely that increased doses of solar power will allow the Philae comet lander's secondary battery to power up sufficiently to renew communications via the Rosetta spacecraft orbiting overhead, mission officials say.
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