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The Last, Desperate Attempt To Contact The Philae Lander Has Probably Failed

Philae, the brave little comet lander that captured our hearts last year, has probably fallen silent for good. After a final, desperate effort to contact the spacecraft over the weekend didn’t pan out, the German Aerospace Agency (DLR) reports that the chances of ever speaking to the probe again are slim — and they’re growing slimmer every day.

Researchers Are Launching A Final, Desperate Effort To Contact Rosetta's Dead Comet Lander

High above us, perched precariously on the cold surface of a comet, there sits one of the most technologically-advanced and singular machines humanity ever sent to hurtle up into space and stick its unlikely landing. And now that it’s there, it’s totally ignoring all our attempts to talk to it.

There's Primordial Oxygen Leaking From Rosetta's Comet

Comet 67P is full of surprises, from complex organic molecules to miniature space weather systems. Now, in an astronomical first, scientists have discovered molecular oxygen in the space rock’s tenuous atmosphere. And it may be a relic from the birth of the Solar System.

This Might Be The Nicest Image Yet Of Comet 67P

This stunning view of Comet 67P/Churyumov — Gerasimenko shows what happens when its moves closer toward the Sun: it ejects gas and dust that gets left in its wake. And it looks gorgeous too.

The Ultimate Shadow Selfie: Rosetta's Silhouette On Comet 67P

This brand new image from the OSIRIS scientific imaging camera of European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft reveals two fascinating things. First, we have an incredibly detailed view of the surface of Comet 67P. Second, look at that fuzzy, dark patch at the bottom of the photo — it’s the shadow of the spacecraft itself!

This Accidental Picture Of Comet Lovejoy Is Also The Best

Taken by the Dark Energy Camera of Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, this accidental picture of Comet Lovejoy must be one of the most beautiful comet portraits we’ve ever seen.

This Celestial Show Is So Crowded It Almost Looks Unreal

There are not three, four or five, but six different night sky phenomena visible in this amazing astrophoto taken by Petr Horálek, European Southern Observatory’s photo ambassador.

New Incredible Photo Reveals Titanic Cliffs In Rosetta's Comet

Just when I thought I’d had enough of Rosetta’s photos of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, ESA has released a four-image mosaic that shows an incredible cliff more than one kilometer (0.62 miles) high. The image was taken from a distance of 20.1 kilometers, on December 10.

Rosetta Update: What It Found, What's Next

Rosetta’s lander is hibernating on a comet now, waiting for a brighter sun. The mission’s scientists, though, have been hard at work, scrutinising reams of data and predicting how the lander could wake up. At the American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting today, Rosetta’s scientists dropped some intriguing hints of what’s to come.

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