Philae lands on comet

As as been widely reported already, the mini space lander Philae has landed on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The named part is from the Russian astronomers that discovered the comet. The comet is about 500 million km away, about 27 light minutes round trip away.


Rosetta mission poster. image: ESA–C. Carreau/ATG medialab

There was a bit of an issue landing though. According to reports the lander bounced about 2 times before settling back down into a crevice. The problem with being there is that it doesn’t provide much sunlight for the solar panels. Still it was an amazing and some science can be done.

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