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.

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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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