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November 20, 2014
Europe sees five possible sites for comet landing
Paris (AFP) Aug 25, 2014
The European Space Agency (ESA) on Monday said it had drawn up a shortlist of five possible sites for carrying out the first-ever landing on a comet. Astronomers have been scrutinising high-definition photos sent back by the Rosetta spacecraft, which rendezvoused with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on August 6 after a 10-year chase through the Solar System. In mid-November, ESA intends to send down a robot laboratory, Philae, which will harpoon itself to the comet's surface and carry out a batt ... read more

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Mankind's first-ever probe of a comet found traces of organic molecules and a surface much harder than imagined, scientists said Tuesday of initial sample data from robot lab Philae. ... more
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Rosetta Lander Captured Before After Bounce
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Comet probe in race against time to crown stellar feat
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Philae probing comet with hours left on battery
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Geologic Maps of Vesta from NASA's Dawn Mission Published
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Images show Philae's historic comet bounce
The European Space Agency (ESA)on Sunday unveiled images of the probe Philae after it bounced while making its historic landing on a comet last Wednesday. ... more
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Triumphant comet probe sends last-gasp data from 'alien world'
Robot probe Philae uploaded a slew of last-minute data to Earth Friday from a comet in deep space, before going to sleep at the end of its historic mission, ground controllers said. ... more
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Comet probe sends back drill experiment data in final hours
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European probe lands on comet, fails to anchor
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Despite landing bounce, comet probe 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. ... more
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Probe separates from orbiter, heads to comet: ESA
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