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In space, no-one can hear you impregnate a planet.
Researchers at the University of Bern recently published a study which revealed that prebiotic chemicals, glycerine and phosphorus, were discovered in the Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet. While it might not sound like a sexy result, this study is actually evidence of panspermia: the theory that life was transferred to Earth through objects like asteroids, meteoroids, and comets.Read More
I mean, anything's possible.
ESA landing a robot on the surface of a comet was a monumental achievement that could teach us a lot about the formation of our solar system and others, but some people just aren't happy with space until ALIENS. Some UK astrobiologists have suggested that, due to characteristics of Comet 67p, the Philae lander—which has finally woken up again—could be about to find (microbial) aliens, but don't get too excited; they're kind of "the boys who cried aliens."Read More
Rosetta takes a sad song and makes it better.
When we suggested that the Internet remix the "song" of Rosetta's Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, we didn't expect anyone to take it quite this far, but we're sure glad they did. (More awesome remixes after the jump.)Read More
Philae, DO NOT GO GENTLE INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT.
The European Space Agency's Rosetta spent about ten years flying to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, so to say the fact that its Philae lander unintentionally wound up in the shadow of one of the comet's cliffs when it finally touched down was "bad luck" is a bit of an understatement. The mission has been a huge success so far, but things are looking grim for Philae's future.Read More
Gotham better watch out.
If only it weren't part of DC's black and white series and we could get a pop of Babs Tarr's amazing colors in there! At least it looks totally rad—from all angles, too.Read More
Hang in there!
Philae made history today when it became the first spacecraft to make a soft landing on a comet, but the mission isn't over just yet. Contrary to initial reports, the spacecraft's anchor harpoons have yet to fire, and the team is working on a solution. The harpoons are needed to keep Philae on the surface of the giant spinning comet.Read More
Comets... in their multitudes, scarce to be counted, filling the darkness...
You'd think a comet would be silent, because it's in space, but you—and the ESA's scientists—would be surprised. Rosetta has detected a sub-human-hearing oscillation in the particles around Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko caused by its magnetic field. The best part? This comet "song" was completely unexpected by scientists, and they still don't have a solid explanation for it. 1,000 bonus points to any musicians out there who work this into an actual song.Read More