This Is What It Sounds Like To Land On A Comet

We have sound! The stream of data from Philae, the Rosetta mission’s little lander currently hibernating on comet 67, now includes the very “thump” it made while touching down. The two-second recording is more scientifically interesting than you might think.

Rosetta Is Sending Back Intriguing Data On The Origins Of Earth's Water

While you were worrying about Philae’s landing, the spacecraft Rosetta has been patiently circling the comet, doing its own science. And it’s just dropped some intriguing results into the big debate over how Earth got its water.

This Is The Definitive Photo Of The Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Briefly: All photos from space are cool, but this photo of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is simply masterful, the most spectacular of all the photos of the comet so far. Worthy of a Kubrick movie frame.

Philae Bouncing Off The Comet, Caught In Amazing Rosetta Images

Everyone’s favourite underdog lander, Philae, was travelling at about 49cm per second as she zoomed towards the formidable chunk of ice and rock known as 67P. That was slow enough that her mothership Rosetta was actually able to capture the descent in images released today by the ESA.

Rosetta's Lander Is Now Asleep On The Comet, Waiting For A Brighter Sun

Goodnight, Philae, though not, we hope, goodbye. The lander is now in sleep mode, keeping “all instruments and most systems on board shut down.” Thankfully, engineers managed to gather all the collected comet data before Philae’s batteries were depleted. If we’re lucky, it may wake up when it gets closer to the Sun.

First Comet Drilling Ever Confirmed: 100% Successful Mission, Says ESA

Against all odds, Philae has confirmed that the first ever drilling of a comet has happened! ESA has received telemetry data indicating that the drill worked. They also managed to send ALL data before going into sleep mode. What is Philae going to find? Perhaps the building blocks of life?

Brilliant Animation Of The Entire Comet Landing

The always amazing XKCD had, by far, the best liveblog of the historic landing on the comet 67P/Churyumov — Gerasimenko today: Each step was documented as a brilliant cartoon, which has been compiled into the flipbook above.

Here's Exactly Where Philae Is On The Comet Right Now

Briefly: Unmanned Spaceflight user Machi created this wonderful composite image that combines photos from Rosetta and images from Philae not released to the media yet. It shows exactly where Philae is right now, after bouncing twice for three landings on the comet 67P/Churyumov — Gerasimenko.

A Size Comparison Of The Comet 67P With Popular Sci-Fi Spaceships

Christopher Becke, a high school physics teacher, made this outstanding size comparison showing what the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko would look like next to famous spacecrafts from science fiction. His images show the comet next to ships from Star Trek, Star Wars, Firefly and Battlestar Galactica.

Rosetta's Comet Sound Matches The Flight Of The Bumblebee Perfectly

Apparently, the spacey audio track from Comet 67P and mix it with the orchestral performance of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of The Bumblebee? Universal perfection! Just listen to this awesome mashup.

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