comets

Organic Molecules found on surface of Comet 67P.

Molecular Nitrogen on Comet 67P Reveals a Frigid Start to Our Solar System

For the past several months the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft mission has been tailing the famous Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko with many answers at the core of its research. While in orbit the mission has been able to gather an immense amount of data, creating a never-before-seen view of comets as the first spacecraft to ever successfully orbit one in our history. Yet, many molecular ingredients that are thought to have given rise to comets have not been found.
An artist’s impression of Philae on the gassy comet’s surface

Comet Awakes As It Approaches the Sun

Do you remember that comet we landed on last year? It seems this comet has unexpectedly become more active showing signs of "waking up" as it zooms towards the sun at almost 47,800 miles per hour.
Comets Heading To Earth

Passing Stars May Send Comets Smashing Into Earth – Eventually

Stars passing close to our solar system could send comets hurdling toward Earth increasing the risk of impact altering life as we know it. Scientists still say there is not much for us to worry about as these collisions won't happen for hundreds of thousands of years.
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