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Comet Update: What's Next for the Philae Lander? - 12 Nov 2014
The European Space Agency's Philae lander touched down on a comet more than 300 million miles from Earth on Wednesday, completing its 10-year journey. The historic landing, scientists hope, will provide them with insights on the origins of our solar ...
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The Truth Behind This Amazing Video from the Surface of a Comet

Live Science - 24 Apr 2018
That's the view from a lander on the surface of a comet. Remember Rosetta? That comet-chasing European Space Agency (ESA) probe that deployed (and accidentally bounced) its lander Philae on the surface of Comet 67P? This GIF is made up of images ...
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ESA completes massive archive of Rosetta images and data

New Atlas - 21 Jun 2018
Touchingly, mere weeks before Rosetta finished its mission, the spacecraft was able to finally locate the then-silent Philae lander, with which it had spent 10 years travelling the solar system before finally catching up to 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
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Balancing Rocks and Philae's Wave

Scientific American (blog) - 28 Jun 2018
In addition to depositing a bold, but only partially successful lander called Philae, the main spacecraft spent two years accumulating a remarkable dataset of imagery, spectroscopy, gas and particle composition, and radar sounding of the cometary nucleus.
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Inspired By ESA's Rosetta, NASA Wants Comet 67P Sample Return

Forbes - 19 Feb 2018
With its phenomenally successful Rosetta orbiter and Philae lander mission to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency (ESA) finally got the kind of well-deserved global attention that only NASA used to receive. ESA comet fever ...
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Rosetta spacecraft image archive complete

EarthSky - 22 Jun 2018
Now all high-resolution images and underpinning data from Rosetta's pioneering mission at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko are available in ESA's archives, with the last release including the iconic images of finding lander Philae, and Rosetta's final ...
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One last look: Rosetta probe's last surprise for scientists

CNN - 29 Sep 2017
(CNN) Scientists combing the last readings beamed home by the comet chaser Rosetta have discovered one final gift from the intrepid space explorer. It's grainy and a little out of focus, but this is the last image captured by Rosetta as it barreled ...
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A short new movie of a comet's surface is pretty incredible

Ars Technica - 25 Apr 2018
The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in 2014 and subsequently became the first mission to ever orbit around a comet. Additionally, its small Philae lander became the first to touch down on a ...
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Philae comet lander says goodbye. Here's its life story in tweets

PBS NewsHour - 27 Jul 2016
Philae, the European Space Agency's (ESA) comet lander, has sent its final tweet. Philae was the first craft to land on a comet (called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko) back in 2014. The ESA shut down the only means of communicating with the comet lander at ...
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This Space-Exploring Robot Tweeted a Heartbreaking Goodbye

TIME - 26 Jul 2016
Philae project manager Stephan Ulamec announced in February 2016 that the time to say goodbye to the probe was fast approaching. The lander provided valuable data during the 57 hours it operated on battery power, but entered a hibernation period ...
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Philae Comet Lander's Big Bounce Captured in Amazing Photos - 17 Nov 2014
The Philae lander's big bounce off a comet last week was captured by its orbiting mothership in a series of stunning photos. Philae separated from the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft last Wednesday (Nov. 12) and spiraled down to the ...
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What happened in last-ditch effort to wake Philae lander?

CNN - 12 Jan 2016
(CNN) A last-ditch effort to wake the Philae lander on the surface of a comet speeding around the sun wasn't the success controllers were hoping for, the German space agency said Tuesday. Koen Guerts, the Philae technical manager at the German ...
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Surprising Comet Discoveries by Rosetta's Philae Lander Unveiled - 30 Jul 2015
The structure, composition and evolutionary history of comets are starting to come into focus, thanks to observations beamed home by the first probe ever to land on one of these icy objects. On Nov. 12, 2014, the European Space Agency's Philae lander ...
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Rosetta spacecraft has stopped listening for Philae lander

Science News (blog) - 27 Jul 2016
The European Space Agency announced that on July 27 it would shut off the equipment that the Rosetta spacecraft uses to listen in on communications from Philae. The lander, which touched down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November 2014, ...
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See a new mosaic of images of comet 67P from the Rosetta mission

Science News - 03 Nov 2017
This montage, released in September by the European Space Agency, includes 210 of the thousands of images taken by Rosetta and the Philae lander and recaps the daring mission to explore the space rock. The images are arranged chronologically ...
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Robotic Comet Lander Philae Says Good-Bye

Scientific American - 01 Feb 2016
On a dark stretch of the chilly Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko the lander Philae has begun a lonely and silent vigil. After it landed awkwardly and bounced across the comet's surface on November 12, 2014, Philae operated for just under three days—its ...

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