Rosetta captures scintillating image of comet just before crash – See pic

The rosetta spacecraft has captured a scintillating image of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko moments before crash-landing into the comet's surface, bringing an end to the probe's 12-year long journey.


Oct 01, 2016, 12:19 PM IST

Comets responsible for initiating life on planet Earth: Study

While more than 140 different molecules have already been identified in the interstellar medium, amino acids could not be traced.

May 29, 2016, 19:56 PM IST

Goodbye Philae! Earth to bid adieu to comet probe

The robotic lander has not called home to the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission since its last call to mothership Rosetta seven months ago.

Feb 12, 2016, 21:53 PM IST

Indian-led scientists' team discover why comet appears black

Centaurs estimated to number around 44,000 are minor planets with diameters larger than one kilometre.

Jan 25, 2016, 16:47 PM IST

Discovery of oxygen on comet 'big surprise': Study

Stunned scientists announced today the unexpected discovery of large quantities of oxygen on a comet which streaked past the Sun in August with a European spacecraft in tow.

Oct 29, 2015, 01:25 AM IST

In unexpected discovery, alcohol and sugar detected in Comet Lovejoy!

Ethyl alcohol and a simple sugar known as glycolaldehyde were detected in Comet Lovejoy, said the study in the journal Science Advances.

Oct 24, 2015, 09:53 AM IST

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.

Jul 06, 2015, 20:58 PM IST

Rosetta probe makes key comet atmosphere discovery

A NASA instrument on board the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft has given a new insight into how comet atmosphere is built.

Jun 03, 2015, 14:15 PM IST

Final attempt to hunt for missing comet lander

In its final attempt to find the missing comet lander, scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA) are deliberating to send Rosetta spacecraft, which is still orbiting the comet, to swoop down just six kms over the patch where the lander is thought to be.

Jan 24, 2015, 21:01 PM IST

Rosetta mission data reveals how comets evolve

A team of researchers has unveiled closest-ever details about the evolution of a comet that was in headlines last year when the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission helped its Philae lander touch down on the surface of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (C-G).

Jan 23, 2015, 10:58 AM IST

Philae's comet landing 'thud' recorded

Thud! The sound that Europe's space probe Philae made when it became the first to land on a comet last week.

Nov 20, 2014, 22:19 PM IST

Philae lander makes historic touchdown on comet

For the first time in history, a spacecraft from Earth has landed on the face of a comet speeding through deep space.

Nov 13, 2014, 18:44 PM IST

Rosetta's Philae sends first image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko - See pic

Zee Media Bureau/Shruti Saxena

Nov 13, 2014, 16:45 PM IST

Philae lander 'bounced twice' on comet but is now stable, confirm Rosetta mission scientists

Philae, the robot probe that made a historic landing on a comet is now stable after failing to attach to the surface.

Nov 13, 2014, 14:50 PM IST

Rosetta records mysterious 'singing sound' from its target comet

 Rosetta's Plasma Consortium (RPC) has recently recorded a mysterious ' singing sound' from its target comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko into space.

Nov 12, 2014, 12:39 PM IST

Rosetta's Philae makes history, lands on comet 67P

The European Space Agency has successfully landed a robotic probe called 'Philae lander' on a comet after detaching from its mothership Rosetta.

Nov 11, 2014, 17:50 PM IST

Rosetta spacecraft gets 'go-ahead' to deliver its lander on target comet

 European Space Agency (ESA) has given its conformation to the Rosetta spacecraft mission to deliver its lander, Philae, on the primary site of the target comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Oct 16, 2014, 12:07 PM IST

Don't miss this comet selfie

The European Space Agency’s Philae lander has snapped a “selfie” of one of the Rosetta spacecraft’s 16-metre solar arrays, with a comet hovering in the background some 16 km away.

Oct 15, 2014, 11:20 AM IST

ESA sets date for comet landing

European Space Agency (ESA) has set November 12 to land its robot lab on a comet.

Sep 27, 2014, 10:36 AM IST

Map of Rosetta's comet reveals its unique, multifaceted world

Map of Rosetta's Comet help scientist deciphers its unique and multifaceted world.

Sep 09, 2014, 12:52 PM IST