Wednesday, November 12, 2014

So, we just landed on a comet

This is a first for mankind again, landing on a comet. Rosetta is a robotic space probe built and launched by the European Space Agency. The spacecraft consists of two main elements. the Rosetta space probe orbiter and the Philae robotic lander. The Philae robotic lander has landed on the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenkoand has been confirmed by the agency. They have however stated that there might be a minor glitch as the harpoons launched by it might have failed to anchor it to the surface. The pic above is of the lander as it was nearing the surface of the comet and for the time-being no more photos will be sent back -- as the craft needs to do some manuring and settle itself on the comet and all communication has been severed. [More live news here]

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