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Comet Lander Philae Wakes up, Sends Signals via Mothership Rosetta

The comet landing of Philae enthralled the entire mankind in November last but soon it went into hibernation and the European space Agency thought it was lost forever on the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. When its mothership Rosetta landed the robotic space lander Philae, it created an unprecedented record but soon turned silent as it fell on the darker side of the ...

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ESA’s Rosetta Orbiter Likely to Pounce on Comet in February 2015

The orbiting Rosetta spacecraft of European Space Agency is likely to return within six km of the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in February 2015. The flyby will be the closest the comet explorer will come during its prime mission. “It is the earliest we could carry it out without impacting the vitally important bound orbits that are currently being flown,” ...

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Bad Weather: Japan’s Hayabusa-2 Launch Delayed, Likely to Launch on December 1

The bad weather caused the space agency of Japan to delay the Saturday launch of Hayabusa-2 spacecraft, which was set to land on a carbon-rich asteroid named 1999 JU3, on Saturday. The launch can now be expected on December 1. Scheduled to lift off from the Tanegashima Space Centre in Japan, Hayabusa-2’s target is a 900-metre-long space rock that is ...

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Philae Becomes First Comet Lander in Space History

European robot probe Philae on Wednesday made a first historic landing on a comet, after descending from its mothership and touching down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at about 1605 GMT. While, there were cheers and hugs at the control room in Darmstadt, Germany, the feat began earlier in the day, as the lander, separated from the satellite at 8.35 a.m. GMT, started ...

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