Nov 20, 2014

Rosetta poised to probe comet as lander sleeps

As the first probe ever to be stationed on a comet hibernates, attention is turning to the Rosetta orbiter, which is still buzzing around the space snowball. The Philae lander’s batteries lasted about 60 hours before running out. Rosetta is expected to observe comet ...

Space scientist apologizes for shirt called sexist

Nov 15, 2014

Space scientist apologizes for shirt called sexist

AP — British physicist Matt Taylor brimmed with excitement Wednesday as the European Space Agency’s Philae lander separated from the Rosetta spacecraft, showing off a colorful tattoo on his thigh of the two craft while proclaiming, “We’re making history.” But the unconventional Rosetta project ...

Comet photos awaken wonder at space exploration

Nov 14, 2014

Comet photos awaken wonder at space exploration

It took a set of retro-looking images to reawaken the world’s sense of wonder about space exploration. The black-and-white pictures of a rocky surface sent back from a comet hundreds of millions of kilometers away are the product of an astonishing feat of science ...

Comet probe Philae said to be working well

Nov 14, 2014

Comet probe Philae said to be working well

Europe’s comet probe Philae was “working well” despite a rough-and-tumble touchdown that left it partly shadowed from battery-boosting sunlight, ground controllers said Thursday. Clearly relieved, they reported that in the first 24 hours after its historic landing, the lab had sent home a slew ...

Photos of baby planet are most detailed yet

Nov 7, 2014

Photos of baby planet are most detailed yet

Some of the most detailed images ever taken of new planets being born around a star were published Thursday, which astronomers said could transform theories about planet formation. High in the Chilean desert, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) observed the planet-forming disc around ...

Nov 6, 2014

To Agilkia, and beyond: Comet landing site is named

The site for the first landing on a comet has been named Agilka, the European Space Agency says. The historic event will take place next Wednesday, when ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft will send down a robot lab, Philae, to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Rosetta is named after ...

Rich Chinese pay sky-high prices for meteorites

Nov 2, 2014

Rich Chinese pay sky-high prices for meteorites

One small check for a businessman, one giant leap for a meteorite: After journeys of millions of kilometers, rocks that were formed from the primordial matter of the solar system have landed on the walls of a Chinese showroom. For some of China’s wealthy, ...

Nov 1, 2014

Chinese moon orbiter returns from first flight unharmed

China on Saturday successfully recovered an experimental spacecraft that flew around the moon and back in a test run for the country’s first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface. The eight-day trip marked the first time in almost four decades that a spacecraft ...