The Philae lander has found organic molecules – which are essential for life – on the surface of the comet where it touched down last week.The spacecraft managed to beam back evidence of the carbon and hydrogen–containing chemicals shortly before it entered hibernation mode to conserve falling power supplies.
The Rosetta spacecraft has been orbiting the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko since August, and will make history when it drops its washing-machine-size lander, Philae, onto the comet at 10:35 a.m. EST (15:35 GMT) on November 12
Last week was the time of year when the Milky Way rises relatively flat to the horizon after evening twilight. Around the next new moon it will have risen and will be tilting up as the night progresses.
There’s an astronaut saying: In space, “there is no problem so bad that you can’t make it worse.” So how do you deal with the complexity, the sheer pressure, of dealing with dangerous and scary situations? Retired colonel Chris Hadfield paints a vivid portrait of how to be prepared for the worst in space (and life) — and it starts with walking into a spider’s web. Watch for a special space-y performance.