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Rosetta's descent towards region of active pits

Squeezing out unique scientific observations until the very end, Rosetta's thrilling mission will culminate with a descent on 30 September towards a region of active pits on the comet's 'head'.
The region, known as Ma'at, lies on the smaller of the two lobes of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. It is home to several active pits more than 100 m in diameter and 50-60 m in depth - where a number of the comet's dust jets originate.

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Philae video captures real-time comet landing

A new video captures the moment Philae, Europe's now-famous comet lander, first approached Comet 67P for its historic landing on 12 November last year.
Philae acquired a series of still images with its Rolis descent camera.

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Philae comet lander falls silent

The Philae comet lander has fallen silent, according to scientists working on the European Rosetta mission.
The fridge-sized spacecraft, which landed on Comet 67P in November, last made contact on 9 July.
But efforts to contact it again since then have failed, scientists have said.

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Rosetta spies cometary sinkholes

The comet being studied by Europe's Rosetta probe is riddled with pits that formed much like sinkholes here on Earth, say scientists.
They think material under the surface of the icy dirt-ball vaporises in places, resulting in voids that will then no longer support the crust above.

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Rosetta mission extended

The adventure continues: ESA today confirmed that its Rosetta mission will be extended until the end of September 2016, at which point the spacecraft will most likely be landed on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
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Comet robot Philae phones home again

The Philae probe made three short contacts of about 10 seconds each at roughly 2130 GMT on Sunday.
Controllers at the European Space Agency said the contacts were briefer than they had hoped, but proved the little robot was in encouragingly good health after its seven-month slumber.

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Philae awakening provides extraordinary opportunity

The astonishing survival of the comet lander Philae means we have a unique opportunity to witness something previous generations could only dream of.
The tiny spacecraft, nestling in a dark corner of the comet's rugged surface, will have a ringside seat as this alien world approaches the Sun and starts to generate its tail.

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Philae comet lander wakes up

The European Space Agency (Esa) says its comet lander, Philae, has woken up and contacted Earth.
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Search party may have found missing lander Philae

Long lost comet lander Philae may have been found, with emphasis on the "may". The European Space Agency has ruled out four of five possible resting places for the space probe that bounced across the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko last November, but mission managers are so far unable to confirm that the lander rests in the fifth.
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Rosetta swoops in for a close encounter 

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