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Osiris Spots Philae Drifting Across Comet 67P/C

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Philae Drifting

These incredible images show the breathtaking journey of Rosetta's Philae lander as it approached and then rebounded from its first touchdown on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 12 November 2014.


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Philae Is Now Sleeping On A Comet

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Philae's orientation

With its batteries depleted and not enough sunlight available to recharge, Philae has fallen into 'idle mode' -- a possibly long silence. In this mode, all instruments and most systems on board are shut down.

Video and Image: Rosetta Mission Results from Philae 14 November 2014

Video and Image: Rosetta Mission Results from Philae 14 November 2014 Video in Story

The European Space Agency provided and early morning update on the Rosetta mission discussing primarily the science results. Since the last update yesterday, ESA has decided not to fire the anchor harpoons which were need to secure the Philae lander on the surface on the comet.


Video and Images: Rosetta Mission Philae Lander Media Briefing 13 November 2014

Video and Images: Rosetta Mission Philae Lander Media Briefing 13 November 2014 Video in Story

Watch today's Rosetta media briefing, held at ESA's Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany, at 8:00 a.m. EST (1300 GMT). The replay runs about 45 minutes and includes updates from the Rosetta mission operations team, the Philae lander manager and scientists, as well as presentation of initial images and data from the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.


Philae Image of Comet From 3 km

Philae Image of Comet From 3 km

The image shows comet 67P/CG acquired by the ROLIS instrument on the Philae lander during descent on Nov 12, 2014 14:38:41 UT from a distance of approximately 3 km from the surface.


Touchdown! Rosetta's Philae probe lands on comet

Touchdown! Rosetta's Philae probe lands on comet

ESA's Rosetta mission has soft-landed its Philae probe on a comet, the first time in history that such an extraordinary feat has been achieved.


Philae Prepares to Land on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Philae Prepares to Land on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

The Agilkia landing site is seen on this image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, taken with Rosetta's navigation camera on 6 November, just days before its lander Philae makes its historic descent to the surface.


Rosetta Glimpses the Dark Side of Comet 67P/C-G

Rosetta Glimpses the Dark Side of Comet 67P/C-G

Rosetta's scientific imaging system OSIRIS has caught a glimpse of the southern side of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.


Artist's Impression of Exocomets Orbiting the Star Beta Pictoris

Artist's Impression of Exocomets Orbiting the Star Beta Pictoris Video in Story

This video sequence is based on an artist's impression of exocomets orbiting the star Beta Pictoris. Astronomers analysing observations of nearly 500 individual comets made with the HARPS instrument at ESO's La Silla Observatory have discovered two families of exocomets around this nearby young star.


Dust Streams from Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Dust Streams from Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Rosetta's comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is beginning to show a clearly visible increase in activity.


Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Image Shows Comet Nucleus is Small

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Image Shows Comet Nucleus is Small

These images were taken of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Oct. 19, 2014, during the comet's close flyby of Mars and the spacecraft.


Comet Siding Spring Close Encounter with Mars Q & A

Comet Siding Spring Close Encounter with Mars Q & A Video in Story

Jared Espley and Michelle Thaller talk about the close encounter between Mars and Comet Siding Spring at the Oct 17, 2014.


Primary Landing Site Confirmed for Philae

Primary Landing Site Confirmed for Philae Video in Story

ESA has given the green light for its Rosetta mission to deliver its lander, Philae, to the primary site on 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 12 November, in the first-ever attempt at a soft touchdown on a comet.


Rosetta Mission Selfie 16 km From Comet 67P/C-G

Rosetta Mission Selfie 16 km From Comet 67P/C-G

This latest image was taken by the CIVA imaging system on board Rosetta's lander Philae, on 7 October.


NASA News Briefing on Comet Siding Spring Close Encounter With Mars

NASA News Briefing on Comet Siding Spring Close Encounter With Mars Video in Story

During an October 9 press briefing at NASA headquarters, panelists discussed the Earth and space-based assets that will be in position to observe the October 19 flyby of Mars by comet C/2013 A1, also known as comet Siding Spring. These assets include NASA's iconic Hubble Space Telescope and spacecraft orbiting and roving Mars.


Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Fires Its Jets

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Fires Its Jets

The four images that make up this montage of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko were taken on Sept. 26, 2014 by the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft.


Philae Will Land On Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 12 November

Philae Will Land On Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 12 November

The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission will deploy its lander, Philae, to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 12 November.


Landing Site Selected For Rosetta's Lander Philae

Landing Site Selected For Rosetta's Lander Philae Video in Story

Rosetta's lander Philae will target Site J, an intriguing region on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko that offers unique scientific potential, with hints of activity nearby, and minimum risk to the lander compared to the other candidate sites.



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