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Race to get comet data before Philae dies

13 November 2014 - 4:30pm
The first spacecraft to land on a comet bounced twice before it settled, but its batteries are running out, leaving scientists in a race against time

Comet probe Philae 'has stabilised'

13 November 2014 - 9:22am
The robot probe Philae that made a historic landing on a comet is now stable after initially failing to attach to the surface, scientists say.

Touchdown! Rosetta's Philae probe lands on comet

12 November 2014 - 6:32pm
ESA's Rosetta mission has soft-landed its Philae probe on a comet, the first time in history that such an extraordinary feat has been achieved.

MUSE Reveals True Story Behind Galactic Crash

10 November 2014 - 12:01am
The new MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) has provided researchers with the best view yet of a spectacular cosmic crash. The new observations reveal for the first time the motion of gas as it is ripped out of the galaxy ESO 137-001 as it ploughs at high speed into a vast galaxy cluster. The results are the key to the solution of a long-standing mystery — why star formation switches off in galaxy clusters.