Philae's Discovery Of Organic Molecules Is Actually Not A Big Deal

Prior to going into hibernation mode, the Philae lander hurriedly conducted a number of experiments and sent its findings back to Earth. Preliminary analysis shows that the icy and dust-covered comet contains organic molecules. It's a cool discovery, no doubt, but one that shouldn't be exaggerated in terms of its… » 11/19/14 9:40am 11/19/14 9:40am

Thanks To That Shirt, We May Get a Shirt Celebrating Women In Science

It is an incredible day for science when a tiny robot manages to land on a comet. It is an irritating day for science when that gets overshadowed by a poor wardrobe choice. It is a good day for science when that mistake is quickly addressed, and even better when it results in a fantastic new shirt design. » 11/15/14 8:28pm 11/15/14 8:28pm

Is That Comet We Landed On Singing?

In what was a bit of an unexpected find, Rosetta's Plasma Consortium picked up variations in the magnetic field around the comet, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The variations had audible frequencies, and the frequencies ranged from 40-50 millihertz. That frequency range is inaudible to the human ear, so some… » 11/14/14 4:30pm 11/14/14 4:30pm

​Stunning Images Of A Comet's Alien Landscape

In the weeks prior to the Philae landing, the Rosetta spacecraft maintained an orbit around Comet 67P/CG at less than six miles from its surface. The ESA has just released a collection of previously unpublished images taken by Rosetta's navigation camera, revealing the varied and dramatic terrain of a mysterious world. » 11/14/14 8:00am 11/14/14 8:00am

It's Time For Another Episode In Rosetta And Philae's Adventures!

It's time for the latest installment in Rosetta and Philae's adorable cartoon series. After insisting the spacecraft wake up, impatiently demanding to know if it was there yet?!, telling stories to pass the time, and finally arriving, it's time to get giddy about Philae's impending landing on a comet. » 11/12/14 3:57am 11/12/14 3:57am