Comet-hunting probe to explore origins of the solar system

Comet-hunting probe to explore origins of the solar system

A German-made space probe that will explore the surface of a giant comet and help scientists understand how the solar system formed was preparing on Friday to use Earth’s orbit to sling itself into deep space, the European Space Agency announced.

German astronaut to take command of space station

German astronaut to take command of space station

Robot probe Philae lands safely on comet

Robot probe Philae lands safely on comet

Photos: Astronaut Gerst completes space walk

Photos: Astronaut Gerst completes space walk

VIDEO: How one German astronaut sees Earth

VIDEO: How one German astronaut sees Earth

German astronaut picked for space station mission

German astronaut picked for space station mission

Space probe captures echoes of Big Bang

Space probe captures echoes of Big Bang

German chosen for new crop of European astronauts

German chosen for new crop of European astronauts

German astronaut calls for larger European space programme

German astronaut calls for larger European space programme