Europe's Rosetta comet-chasing mission is a triumph in engineering, but none of it would have been possible without an intimate knowledge of Kepler's laws of planetary motion.
Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft ended a nearly three-year hibernation on Monday to prepare for an unprecedented mission to orbit a comet and dispatch a lander to the surface. Continue reading →
Europe’s Rosetta comet probe is due to end 31 months of deep space slumber with a wake-up call at 5 a.m. EST on Monday.
Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft is due to receive a wake-up call in January, ending its hibernation in preparation for an unprecedented mission to not only put itself into orbit around a comet, but also send a lander to the comet’s body.
Europe's comet-bound Rosetta spacecraft did a little sight-seeing over the weekend, snapping pictures of an asteroid known as Lutetia, located in the Main Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter.
During its recent flyby of Earth, Europe's Rosetta comet probe gave its ultraviolet spectrograph a bit of a workout. The NASA-funded instrument, named ALICE, got a test run by targeting Earth. Rosetta is on track to rendezvous with comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014. The probe made its third ...