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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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's scientific imaging system OSIRIS has caught a glimpse of the southern side of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
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.
Rosetta's comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is beginning to show a clearly visible increase in activity.
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.
Jared Espley and Michelle Thaller talk about the close encounter between Mars and Comet Siding Spring at the Oct 17, 2014.
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.
This latest image was taken by the CIVA imaging system on board Rosetta's lander Philae, on 7 October.
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.
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.
The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission will deploy its lander, Philae, to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 12 November.
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.