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.
After three and a half years of flight, the Hayabusa2 probe will reach the asteroid Ryugu. Its task: Collect asteroid dust. The German landing device MASCOT is also on board. It's due to land on Ryugu in October.
It might not be any bigger than your own refrigerator, but the TESS telescope will deliver the stuff of your wildest sci-fi fantasies: Earth-sized planets by the hundreds, and all in the next two years.
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.
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