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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.