Rosetta hits `milestone` in comet`s run past Sun

 The European space probe Rosetta captured a range of scientific data Thursday as it trailed an ancient comet past the Sun which could help scientists better understand the origins of life on Earth.

Rosetta spacecraft captures dramatic comet outburst ahead of perihelion
Rosetta spacecraft captures dramatic comet outburst ahead of perihelion

European probe Rosetta spacecraft has recently captured a brilliant plume of gas and dust erupted from the comet Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Philae results help understand the nature of comets

A new analysis of several studies on data sent back Philae has helped the scientists understand the nature of comets better than ever, and may be beneficial for future missions.

Robot lab Philae `silent`, says worried ground control
Robot lab Philae `silent`, says worried ground control

Europe`s robot lab Philae has fallen "silent" on the surface of a comet zipping towards the Sun, said ground controllers Monday who fear it may have shifted out of radio reach.

Philae comet may harbour alien life: Scientists
Philae comet may harbour alien life: Scientists

The comet landed on by the European spacecraft Philae could be teeming with alien microbial life, according to two leading UK astronomers.

Philae lander makes fresh contact from comet surface: ESA
Philae lander makes fresh contact from comet surface: ESA

Europe's robot lab Philae has called home once more, a day after sending its first message in seven months in its trek towards the Sun on the back of a comet, mission officials said Monday.

'Advanced' ancient civilisation fell victim to comet 13,000 years ago

New evidence suggests that an advanced ancient race on Earth fell victim to a comet 13,000 years ago.

Rosetta mission finds comet has no magnetic field
Rosetta mission finds comet has no magnetic field

Rosetta mission has found that its target comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, has no magnetic field.

New 'sun-grazing' comet captured
New 'sun-grazing' comet captured

The European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO, has captured an unusual comet skimmed past the sun on February 18-21, 2015.

Comet scientists rule out Philae flyby
Comet scientists rule out Philae flyby

European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft has ruled out a special trip to find the lost Philae lander that went silent when its batteries ran out just days after its bumpy landing on the comet named 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
 

Rosetta provides unique insight into comet shedding its dusty coat
Rosetta provides unique insight into comet shedding its dusty coat

ESA`s Rosetta mission has enabled scientists to watch the life cycle of a comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as it sheds the dusty coat accumulated over the past 4 years.

Comet Lovejoy bids adieu to Earth, to be spotted again in 8,000 years
Comet Lovejoy bids adieu to Earth, to be spotted again in 8,000 years

Comet Lovejoy, after mesmerising astronomers for the past three years, has finally said goodbye to Earth on Saturday night, January 25. 

'Comet Lovejoy' set to dazzle sky from Jan 7th- 24th post entering 'brightest phase'
'Comet Lovejoy' set to dazzle sky from Jan 7th- 24th post entering 'brightest phase'

 "Comet Lovejoy" will light up the sky from January 7th through 24th as it is ready to enter its "best and brightest phase."

Rosetta orbiter to swoop down on comet in February
Rosetta orbiter to swoop down on comet in February

The European Space Agency’s orbiting Rosetta spacecraft is expected to come within six km of the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in February next year.

Images suggest Rosetta's comet is 'dark grey' in colour

It appears that the Rosetta's comet 67P is grey in colour like many small bodies in space, it has been reported.

Bad weather delays Japan asteroid probe lift off
Bad weather delays Japan asteroid probe lift off

Bad weather will delay the launch of a Japanese space probe on a six-year mission to mine a distant asteroid, just weeks after a European spacecraft's historic landing on a comet captivated the world.

Rosetta's comet landing captured in 3D
Rosetta's comet landing captured in 3D

A 3D image generated from data collected by Rosetta Lander Imaging System (ROLIS) aboard the European Space Agency`s Philae lander has been released.

Rosetta's spacecraft enters 'comet escort phase' post Philae going to sleep
Rosetta's spacecraft enters 'comet escort phase' post Philae going to sleep

Rosetta's spacecraft will continue its own extraordinary exploration by orbiting the comet as it arcs closer to the Sun.

Philae Lander detects organic molecules on comet's surface
Philae Lander detects organic molecules on comet's surface

The Philae Lander has detected organic molecules on the surface of its comet. 

Scientists 'confident' Philae comet lander will wake up
Scientists 'confident' Philae comet lander will wake up

There is a strong chance Europe's comet lander will wake up from hibernation as it nears the sun, raising hopes for a second series of scientific measurements from the surface next year, scientists involved in the mission said today.