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Comet landing is a “go” despite thruster problem

November 12, 2014

A potential problem with a rocket thruster designed to keep the Philae lander from bouncing off comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after touchdown Wednesday will make the probe’s daring descent even more challenging, officials said.

Live coverage: Philae “falls asleep”

November 11, 2014

The tiny European Philae lander after its historic touchdown on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko has apparently ended as batteries depleted and the craft fell asleep Friday night.

Comet lander powered up after electronics glitch

November 11, 2014

Europe’s Philae lander — still latched inside its mothership — has been activated and should be ready for release Wednesday to begin a daring first-ever descent to a comet, the mission’s flight director said.

Video: Flight director updates status of comet lander

November 11, 2014

Rosetta flight director Andrea Accomazzo says the Philae lander is ready for a daring descent and touchdown Wednesday on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The European craft is making the world’s first attempt to land on a comet.

Rosetta mission’s ‘ambition’ spotlighted in film

November 11, 2014

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission stars with Game of Thrones actor Aidan Gillan and actress Aisling Franciosi in a short film released recently to promote the spacecraft’s exploration of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

All is ready for historic comet landing

November 10, 2014

This week marks the pinnacle of the professional careers of many scientists, when the European Space Agency plans to put down a three-legged robotic lander on a comet, a risky first-of-a-kind endeavor that could rewrite textbooks on the history of the solar system.

Video: Reid’s “awesome” ride in Soyuz

November 10, 2014

NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman speaks soon after his return to Earth after 165 days living aboard the International Space Station, describing his landing inside the Russian Soyuz capsule.

Weather delays Orion move to pad

November 10, 2014

Bad weather has delayed by 24 hours NASA’s next-generation Orion capsule from rolling out to the launch pad for its flight test next month.

Soyuz lands in Kazakhstan with station crew

November 10, 2014

A veteran cosmonaut, a German volcanologist and a Navy test pilot-turned-astronaut undocked from the International Space Station and returned to Earth, descending through low clouds to a jarring touchdown on the frigid steppe of Kazakhstan to close out a 165-day stay in orbit.

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