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Rosetta finds the lost Philae lander as its own mission clock winds down

Rosetta finds the lost Philae lander as its own mission clock winds down Just over two years ago, the Rosetta space probe successfully entered orbit around comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko (hereafter abbreviated as 67P).The Philae lander, which launched on November 12 2014, failed to land in its target location.

Juno, Philae, and really fast fire: this week in space

Juno, Philae, and really fast fire: this week in space The ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft found their lost Philae lander, which ended up crashed on its asteroid, lodged in a crevice sort of like a turtle on its back.Now we can put context to the disoriented, hard-to-interpret images that confused Philae sent us while it was laying in the ditch.

So long, Rosetta, and thanks for all the science

So long, Rosetta, and thanks for all the science This way Rosetta’s radio emissions wouldn’t impede communication with other spacecraft.The science results Rosetta and Philae have returned represent a wealth of data that can confirm or dispel our ideas about the formation of our planet, and even the origins of life in our solar system.

The year in space: Supernovas, gravitational waves, theoretical planets, and Hammer pants

The year in space: Supernovas, gravitational waves, theoretical planets, and Hammer pants The Great Observatory is still going strong after its 2009 tuneup, and now the Space Telescope Science Institute has a little bit more scratch to keep the Hubble project running until 2021.This year, the International Space Station made its 100,000th orbit around our planet.

Spectacular zero-gravity landslide captured in progress on Comet 67P

Spectacular zero-gravity landslide captured in progress on Comet 67P This is the first time anyone has ever caught direct evidence of a landslide on a comet.The landslide, which took place in July of 2015, would not have looked like any landslide on Earth when it was happening.

A rocket, a rover, and a moon: this week in space

A rocket, a rover, and a moon: this week in space Next week SpaceX is going to reuse its first reusable rocket, launching it from their new digs at Pad 39A.It was used in April 2016 to complete its first resupply mission of the International Space Station (including delivery of the Bigelow expandable habitat).