The ‘Philae’ lander faces dangers as the comet becomes violently active. Photograph: ESA/EPA

The Philae lander stranded on the surface of a distant comet is down but not out. Its controllers back at the European Space Agency’s centre in Darms(...)

We’re all agog with space news these past few weeks and rightly so. Humankind has inched farther into the great beyond by sending little Philae 510 mi(...)

Scientists say the Philae Lander identified organic molecules containing the carbon element necessary for life on earth on comet 67P before going to sleep. Photograph: EPA 2:21

The European Space Agency’s Philae lander “sniffed” organic molecules containing the carbon element that is the basis of life on Earth before its prim(...)

The comet’s surface was harder than scientists originally thought, which is partly why Philae’s harpooning landing system failed.

Gas jets from inside a comet hosting Europe’s Philae lander may launch the hibernating probe out of its ditch and back into sunlight for a battery rec(...)

A two-image panorama taken by the Philae lander from the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Photograph: New York Times

A pioneering robotic spacecraft shut down today after radioing results of its first and probably last batch of scientific experiments from the surfac(...)

Taken from a camera onboard Rosetta’s Philae lander, about 16km from comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Photograph: EPA

Dick Ahlstrom Science EditorThe Philae lander sitting on a comet 500 million kilometres away is streaming back pictures and vast amounts of data despi(...)

Tiago Francisco cheers at the main control room of the European Space Agency in Darmstadt, Germany, yesterday as its Rosetta spacecraft dispatched a robot to land on a comet’s surface. Photograph: J Mai/ESA/EPA

Scientists have successfully dropped a lander onto the surface of a comet in one of the most astonishingly difficult space missions since humans lande(...)

An artist’s impression of the Rosetta spacecraft’s lander Philae  on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Photograph: ESA/PA Wire

Astronomers at Queen’s University in Belfast will be anxiously awaiting news of the scheduled attempt today to land a probe on an icy comet 317 millio(...)

This image composed of two different images and provided by the European Space Agency on Wednesday, October 15th, 2015, shows parts of the spacecraft Rosetta in front of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from a distance of about 16km from the surface of the comet. Photograph: AP Photo/ESA

An enormously successful space mission is about to become a spectacular one as the European Space Agency prepares to drop a mini-science lab on to the(...)

A master tells his apprentice a story about the Rosetta mission. It is a tale of ambition: humankind reaches for the stars and the origins of life by (...)