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Comet 67P/C-G sings us an alien song – and it freaks Reeko out

While the Philae probe naps on the surface of Comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko, scientists found that the comet is singing a lullaby to the sleepy little probe – albeit not quite the sweet soothing melody your mother sings. Rosetta, the orbiter flying around Comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko while Philae sleeps, measured the magnetic field around the comet and found that oscillations in the magnetic field are being emitted at around 40-50 millihertz, too low for humans to hear with their ears (human hearing ranges between 20 Hz and 20 kHz). But a German composer, curious about what the comet was singing to us, increased the frequency of the oscillations about 100 times to produce sound waves in the range that humans can hear. Scientists are not yet…
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Amazing Philae comet pictures

The European Space Agency’s Philae comet probe became the first spacecraft to land on a comet on November 12, 2014.  At over 317 million miles away from earth, Philae’s radio signal takes nearly 30 minutes to reach earth.  Here are the most amazing Philae comet pictures to date.  Click on the picture for a full-size view and details about the pic.
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Our newest hero! Historic first landing on a speeding comet – hold on tight Philae!

Today the European Space Agency’s Philae comet probe became the first spacecraft to land on a comet! Philae has been hitching a ride on Rosetta spacecraft as it travelled over 317 million miles on its 10-year journey to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (sorry kids, nerdy scientists name these things, not me). Scientists believe Philae landed successfully (bounced actually) but failed to launch the harpoons that were intended to anchor it to Comet 67P/C-G. As such, it may be a rough ride for Philae but we have full confidence that the little guy can ride it out and give us a ton of great pictures and scientific data. ESA scientists say Rosetta initially hit the surface of the comet about 100 meters from the planned landing site, then…
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European Space Agency’s Rosetta/Philae mission to land on a comet

It may sound like science fiction but alas, this is really about to happen. On November 11, 2014, the European Space Agency (ESA) will land a small robotic spaceship, known as Philae, on a comet. It will be the first comet landing in the history of mankind. Rosetta’s (and Philae’s) mission The mission to land on a comet began on March 2, 2004 when the solar-powered robotic space probe, Rosetta, was launched by the European Space Agency attached to an Ariane 5 rocket engine. Rosetta’s objective was simple – to study the comet 67P/C-G. To do so, Rosetta carried on board a small robotic lander, Philae (pronounced Fie-Lee), named after the Philae Island where an obelisk was found that was used along with the Rosetta Stone…
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