Space is the final frontier that man continues to explore and study, from the first man on the Moon to a rover on Mars.
The Rosetta spacecraft ended its historic mission on Friday, crashing on the surface of the dusty, icy comet it has spent 12 years chasing in a hunt that has provided insight into the early days of the solar system and captured the public's imagination.
European scientists have sent the Rosetta spacecraft on its final, one-way journey to the surface of a comet, after a historic 12-year mission to discover the secrets of the dusty, icy bodies.
After 12 years chasing a comet across more 6 billion km of space, European scientists will end the historic Rosetta mission by crash landing the spacecraft on the surface of the dusty, icy body at the end of the month.
The decision to cut the link to Philae was taken to save energy on mothership Rosetta.
Astronomers proposed a novel explanation on Monday for the strange appearance of the comet carrying Europe's robot probe Philae through outer space: alien microscopic life.
To scientists' relief and delight, the Philae spacecraft that landed on a comet last fall has woken up and communicated with Earth after seven long months of silence, the European Space Agency announced Sunday.
A first evaluation of the data that comet lander Philae sent to the European Space Center before its depleted batteries forced it to go silent will be released on Monday.
The pioneering lander Philae completed its primary mission of exploring the comet's surface and returned plenty of data before depleted batteries forced it to go silent.
Scientists on Thursday said the landing craft not only bounced twice, it also came to rest next to a cliff that's blocking sunlight from its solar panels.