The Philae lander of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission captured this view during its first bounce after hitting the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 12 November 2014, with blurring as a result of the lander’s own motion. The lander was descending at about 3.2 kilometres per hour (2 mph) when it first touched the surface, and its first bounce lasted almost two hours and carried it about one kilometre (0.6 miles) both aloft and downrange. The image from the lander’s CIVA camera is the first view from Philae after its initial touchdown.
Extensive systems of fossilised riverbeds have been discovered on an ancient region of the Martian surface on a northern plain called Arabia Terra, supporting the idea that the now cold and dry Red Planet had a warm and wet climate about 4 billion years ago, according to University College London-led research.
Decisions on the future of a joint robotic mission between NASA and the European Space Agency to demonstrate the ability to deflect an asteroid on a collision course with Earth have been put off until later this year after European governments declined to fully fund their part of the project in December.