Learn more about the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft that arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on Aug. 6, 2014.
A European lander currently hibernating on a comet, did not successfully sample the icy body using a drill after the probe made its historic comet landing in November.
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.
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.
The Philae lander is named for the Philae obelisk, as both are uncovering answers to ancient secrets.
Read news, see photos and watch videos about the Rosetta mission's landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko scheduled for Nov. 12.
Relive last week's thrilling comet landing tonight with a documentary about the historic space mission airing on PBS tonight (Nov. 19).
Europe's Rosetta mission pulled off the first-ever soft landing on a comet Wednesday thanks to a lot of great engineering and hard work — along with a healthy dose of luck, team members said.
When the Philae attempted touchdown on comet 67P, it bounced off with nearly enough force to drift away into space.
Europe's Philae lander is already gathering a wealth of data about Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after touching down on the icy object Wednesday morning (Nov. 12).