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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Will Europe's Philae Comet Lander Make Another Comeback?
Rosetta's Philae Lander on Comet 67P
July 30th, 2015
Philae has been incommunicado on the surface of Comet 67P for three weeks. The lander team would love to get Philae up and running again soon, so they can get an up-close look at how the comet is affected by its Aug. 13 closest solar approach.
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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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Surprising Comet Discoveries by Rosetta's Philae Lander Unveiled
Philae's landing points
July 30th, 2015
The structure, composition and evolutionary history of comets are starting to come into focus, thanks to observations beamed home by the European Space Agency's Philae lander, the first probe ever to touch down on one of these icy objects.
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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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