All robotic eyes on comet for Mars flyby

Oct 20, 2014

All robotic eyes on comet for Mars flyby

All eyes on Mars — robotic or otherwise — were focused toward a comet the size of a small mountain set to whiz past the Red Planet on Sunday. NASA’s fleet of Mars-orbiting satellites and robots on the planet’s surface were primed for the ...

Rosetta comet chaser reaches target after 10-year pursuit

Aug 7, 2014

Rosetta comet chaser reaches target after 10-year pursuit

After a journey of 6.4 billion km (4 billion miles), Europe’s unmanned Rosetta probe reached its destination Wednesday, a milestone in mankind’s first attempt to land a spacecraft on a comet. The decade-long trip was successfully completed with a seven-minute thrust that allowed Rosetta ...