Showing posts with label comets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label comets. Show all posts

Thursday, August 13, 2015

ESA Begins Sharing Philae Data From Icy Comet Surface

Scientists with the European Space Agency say comets could serve as cosmic laboratories in which some of the essential elements of life are assembled.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

European comet probe wakes up from hibernation

European Space Agency's Philae probe has woken up and made contact with controllers, seven months after it went into hibernation on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Philae may not have energy to send results to Earth, says ESA

Europe's robot lab Philae may not have enough power to send to Earth the results of today's drill into the surface of its host comet, mission scientists have said.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Water on earth originated outside the solar system, scientists prove

Human beings have always obsessed over whether they are alone in the universe. Now scientists say they’ve proved that at least some of the water on Earth has to have originated from outside the solar system (and they add that it’s older than the sun).
The news has set the flying-saucer-sphere abuzz with the thought that other planets in the universe are therefore more likely to have had water, at some stage at least, and to therefore have developed life.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Rosetta space probe makes historic rendezvous with comet

European scientists announced the historic rendezvous on Wednesday between a comet and the Rosetta spacecraft after a 10-year, six billion-kilometre (3.7-billion-mile) chase through the solar system.

The scout Rosetta has now become the first envoy to orbit one of these wanderers of the solar system in deep space, the European Space Agency (ESA) said.

Scientists and spectators at ESA’s mission control in Darmstadt, Germany, cheered after the spacecraft successfully completed its final thrust to swing alongside comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Rosetta spacecraft to be woken after nearly three years, ESA awaits signs of life

The European Space Agency (ESA) is awaiting signs of life from its comet-chasing spacecraft Rosetta. The probe - now in the vicinity of Jupiter's orbit - has been in hibernation for nearly three years. 

An internal "alarm clock" aboard the Rosetta spacecraft was scheduled to go off at 1000 UTC on Monday, waking it up from nearly three years of slumber. But given the six hours Rosetta would need to power up its system, plus the time needed for its signal to traverse the 807 million kilometers (501 million miles) to Earth, the European Space Agency (ESA) said it wasn't expecting to hear anything until the early evening.

EL News