Europe launched a new bid Friday to communicate with its comet lander Philae, hurtling towards the sun some 360 million kilometers (224 million miles) from Earth.
As the European Rosetta spacecraft continues to explore Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as it gradually gets closer to the sun, it's having to deal with some very inclement orbital weather.
The comet being studied by Europe's Rosetta spacecraft may be made entirely of pebbles, challenging currently held theories of how bodies form in the far reaches of the solar system.
During the Rosetta's close flyby of comet Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Feb. 14, the European spacecraft snapped images of the comet's 'belly' revealing a shadow of itself surrounded by a halo.
From a distance of 100 kilometers, the European Rosetta mission captured a stunning overall view of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and its strengthening jets of vapor.
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is shedding its old dusty coat and Europe's Rosetta mission is catching the individual flakes to understand some fascinating cometary dynamics.
Early results from Europe’s ongoing Rosetta comet mission show the icy body, believed to be a remnant from the formation of the solar system, is far more complex and diverse than scientists expected.
Well ... what did you expect? It wasn't going to be GREEN now, was it.
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