It’s not easy to land a probe on another planet, which is part of the reason the United States is still pretty much the only country to pull it off successfully. But that could all change later this week.
It usually takes a fairly large rock to crack the average car windshield, but when you’re up in space, a speck of dust can wreak all kinds of havoc. Case in point: the International Space Station (ISS).
Sure, NASA already has Curiosity rolling around up on Mars, but now Europe and Russia are launching their own robot to the Red Planet — and they’ll be using the latest tech to search for signs of life.
We already knew the European Space Agency was having a tough time getting in touch with its Philae lander, which is currently sitting on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and now the craft has officially been declared MIA.
One of the most exciting space missions of recent history may have just come to an abrupt end, as the European Space Agency (ESA) has seemingly lost touch with its Philae lander, currently flinging through the cosmos on a comet.
Two years ago, the President of the United States made it clear that a return to the Moon was not a priority for American space flight, but it seems he may have forgotten to tell NASA. American astronauts are apparently planning to head back to the Moon less than 10 years from now. At least, that's what the European Space Agency says.