The European Space Agency on Monday gave a wake-up call to its Rosetta spacecraft, which has been in hibernation in deep space for more than two years. If all goes to plan it will catch a ride on a comet in November.
Building instruments for fancy space experiments is a tough job, but rewarding if your technology transfers to Earth. Dr Geraint Morgan went from compounds on a comet to sniffing bed bugs in hotels.
The European Space Agency hailed the first image seen of the probe in years as an explanation of why contact was lost. Philae was integral to the Rosetta mission to unravel the mysteries of life on Earth.
The European Space Agency has ended its Rosetta mission to a far-away comet by crash-landing the spacecraft on its surface. Rosetta, which carried the comet lander Philae, took pictures and measurements on its approach.
The researchers behind the Rosetta space probe have said they have found some of the essential building blocks of life. The discovery could be a game-changer in the debate over how living organisms developed on Earth.
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