Finally found Philae!
Back in 2014, we were all very excited that the ESA had landed a spacecraft on the surface of a comet, but that excitement was tempered with a bit of uncertainty. The landing hadn't been a complete success, and the Philae lander bounced somewhere out of sight and, sadly, out of the sunlight it needed for power. Now, with the end of the mission approaching, the lander has been found—making its data even more useful.Read More
If you've ever wanted to dress up as your favorite Ghostbuster, then look no further.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
You never call us anymore, Philae. We were so worried.
Back in January, the ESA's Philae lander literally went dark, going into hibernation mode to conserve its energy stores. Now, months later, the little lander has woken up as the comet's orbit passes close to the sun.Read More
Like Philae, the rest of us would like to sleep until spring, please.
No matter what any agency-laden headlines might have you believe, ESA's Philae isn't hiding from us on purpose, and it will hopefully be able to tell us where it us relatively soon.Read More
Reddit found this incredibly cool shot of Paul Rudd from his time at the University of Kansas. What do you think Karl is doing right now?Read More
We're from Starfleet! We wear hoodies!
Sure, Wesley Crusher's style isn't exactly enviable, but that sweatshirt sure is. If that's not fantastic enough for you, there's also a picture of Wil Wheaton himself wearing the hoodie on the Thinkgeek website, too. (via Toybox)Read More
Still not aliens.
Celebration over ESA's historic landing on a comet may have been temporarily put on hold when the Philae lander was determined to be in a poor position to use its solar panels and lost power, but data it sent back before then still holds potential for some amazing discoveries. Now, ESA has announced that the comet is indeed home to organic compounds—but still no actual organic organisms. Just one little robot. Sorry.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
Inna final analysis...
When you self-importantly declare that pictures of you will break the Internet, it's best to follow through. Best for you, that is—for the rest of us, it's much better that Rosetta and the #CometLanding event received more attention on Twitter than Kim Kardashian's #BreakTheInternet pictures.Read More
If only the game tutorial told you how to fire Philae's harpoons.
The European Space Agency made history yesterday when its Philae lander became the first spacecraft ever to make a soft landing on the surface of a comet. But you can get in on the action with NASA's Comet Quest game, which tasks you with piloting Rosetta, sending the Philae lander down to the surface of a comet, and studying the comet while avoiding its dangerous debris.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
History is happening currently.
Rosetta has one chance to make history by landing Philae on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and the procedure is starting up in space right now. You can watch along with the ESA's live stream overnight and into tomorrow when Philae will finally touch down on the comet's surface.Read More
In space, no one can hear you sneak up behind their selfie.
Back off, comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko! Philae is an amazing piece of technology and it was trying to take a picture of itself! Stop photobombing him. You're just a giant hunk of rock falling through space! OK, fine. You're a giant, beautiful, scientifically relevant... you know what? All is forgiven. This picture is amazing.Read More
"Are we there yet?" "Yes!"
Just a few hours ago, the European Space Agency's Rosetta became the first satellite to orbit a comet! Now that she's close enough, the spacecraft is sending back amazing, high resolution images of what the comet's nucleus really looks like as she prepares to send her little brother, Philae, down to land on the surface.Read More
Rosetta and Philae Read a Storybook History of Fantastic Comets and the Spacecraft That Land on Them
...but are we there yet?
Holy crap, the European Space Agency has got me pegged with its campaign to raise awareness about its Rosetta mission to land a spacecraft on the surface of a comet for the first time. I am a sucker for personification of space technology. Rosetta's "little brother" Philae will land on its target comet on August 6th, so here's an adorable new animation of the pair reading a story book about their family's exploits in comet exploration.Read More