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comets: November 2014


Before going into hibernation at 01:36 CET on 15 November 2014, the Philae lander was able to conduct some work using power supplied by its primary battery.

Today, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta mission is attempting one of the most ambitious maneuvers in space exploration: to soft-land a robotic probe on a comet for the first time.

After 10 years and four billion miles NASA's Rosetta satellite is poised make space science history tomorrow when it launches its Philae lander onto the surface of the ancient comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.