ESA Lands first Probe On Comet

DARMSTADT, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 12: The European Space Agency (ESA)  landed the Philae  probe on the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet (size of comet shown above in comparison to Paris).

The Philae probe is a mini labratory that harpooned itself into the comet. It was launched from the Rosetta ship on November 12 around 3am and landed today around 11am. This the first time ever for a craft to land on a comet.

ILLUSTRATION: Rosetta probe (L) and Philae lander going towards comet.

ILLUSTRATION: Philae lander shown descending onto the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet.

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