The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft lander had a bumpier ride than initially thought when it tried to settle on the surface of a comet. When its landing equipment failed, it bounced twice, and is now believed to be sitting on its side, raising questions about the future of the mission. Alok Jha of Independent Television News reports. Continue reading
Why land on a comet at all if chance for error is so high? Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Judy Woodruff to explain what can be gained from the Rosetta spacecraft’s mission and what we can expect from its research. Continue reading
The European Space Agency successfully landed a spacecraft the size of a washing machine on a moving comet — a historic first for space exploration. Tom Clarke of Independent Television News reports on the Philae lander’s amazing touchdown. Continue reading
Comet C/2013 A1 will be making a trip through Mars’ neighborhood in October.
The comet, also called Siding Spring, will be knocking on the Red Planet’s door, in the astronomical sense, as it passes by Mars at a distance of 84,000 miles on Oct. 19 — less than half of the distance between Earth and the moon. Continue reading
Tiny dust particles collected from a comet and brought to earth last year now have scientists rethinking some of their beliefs about how comets–and the rest of our solar system–originally formed. Continue reading