space
What Was the Rosetta Mission?

After two years of science, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission ended yesterday in a gentle crash-landing. But if you haven’t been tracking this spacecraft’s movements as obsessively as we have, you might be wracking your brain this morning trying to remember what the Rosetta mission was. Read More >>

space
We Now Know What Caused the Weird Erruptions Rosetta’s Comet

Last summer, something strange happened on Rosetta’s comet. After a period of calm, the comet began erupting, throwing huge jets of comet dust into space before abruptly stopping. Now, we finally know what happened. Read More >>

space
Rosetta’s Comet Looks Even Weirder When It’s Backlit By the Sun

In its ongoing exploration of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the Rosetta spacecraft captured this stunning silhouette of the two-lobed mass from a distance of 200 miles. Wow. Read More >>

space
Space Agency Forms Plans for Rosetta’s Dramatic Finale

Comet orbiter Rosetta has captured our hearts these past twelve months, but like all space probes before it, this one will eventually be put out to pasture. Of course, a productive scientific mission demands a dramatic finale, and so, when Rosetta runs out of fuel and funding next September, the European Space Agency will crash its prized probe into comet 67P....as gently as possible. Read More >>