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Comet lander awakes from long hibernation

Last Updated: Saturday, March 29, 2014, 10:17

European space experts said today they had successfully reawakened a fridge-sized robot designed to make the first-ever spacecraft landing on a comet.

NASA releases images of comet headed for Mars

Last Updated: Friday, March 28, 2014, 19:20

NASA`s Hubble Space Telescope has released new pictures of a comet poised to give Mars a close shave later this year.

Rosetta spacecraft sets sights on destination comet

Last Updated: Friday, March 28, 2014, 17:43

ESA`s Rosetta spacecraft caught a first glimpse of its destination comet since waking up from deep-space hibernation on January 20 this year.

Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko emerges from behind the Sun

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 11:01

After disappearing behind the Sun and out of the Earth`s view last year in October, the target comet of ESA`s Rosetta mission, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko can now be seen again.

Nearby star`s icy debris suggests `shepherd` planet

Last Updated: Friday, March 07, 2014, 11:56

Astronomers exploring the disk of gas and dust around a nearby star have uncovered a compact cloud of poisonous gas formed by ongoing rapid-fire collisions among a swarm of icy, comet-like bodies.

European astronomers discover new comet orbiting Sun

Last Updated: Thursday, February 13, 2014, 14:03

A team of European astronomers has found a previously unknown comet, which has been detected as a tiny blob of light orbiting our Sun deep in the Solar System.

Comet-chasing Rosetta spacecraft wakes up from slumber, signals Earth

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 06:50

The mission is different from NASA`s Deep Impact, a spacecraft that fired a projectile into a comet in 2005 so scientists could study the resulting plume of matter.

Europe`s Rosetta probe set to wake up from hibernation

Last Updated: Monday, January 20, 2014, 12:18

Rosetta, which was launched about ten year ago on a long quest to chase and land on a comet, will be roused by an onboard "alarm clock" at 10:00 GMT on Monday.

Rosetta craft`s comet landing to reveal secrets of solar system`s origin and evolution

Last Updated: Friday, January 17, 2014, 14:43

Rosetta craft, which was woken up from its slumber recently, aims to deal with the origin and evolution of the solar system.

Comet-chasing Rosetta spacecraft to wake up from slumber in 100 days time

Last Updated: Friday, December 27, 2013, 15:26

European Space Agency`s comet-chasing mission Rosetta is going to wake up in 100 days` time from deep-space slumber to reach the destination it has been cruising towards for a decade.

Least massive star of nearby planetary system hosts own comet belt

Last Updated: Thursday, December 19, 2013, 11:33

Astronomers have discovered that the least massive star of the Fomalhaut system, Fomalhaut C, hosts its own comet belt.

Clay-like minerals found on Jupiter`s icy moon Europa

Last Updated: Thursday, December 12, 2013, 17:26

Researchers studying the data received from NASA’s Galileo mission found clay-type minerals on the surface of Europa, Jupiter`s icy moon.