Comet Landing

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Philae successfully landed on comet 67P today at 3:30pm GMT, making it the first craft in history to land on a comet. The probe separated from the Rosetta spacecraft approximately 7-hours earlier after spending 10-years in space. ESA director says: “It’s a big step for human civilization. Our ambitious Rosetta mission has secured another place in the history books: not only is it the first to rendezvous with and orbit a comet, but it is now also the first to deliver a probe to a comet’s surface.” Continue reading for the 13 things you may not know.

Rosetta Comet Landing

“However, while the lander has touched down on the comet using its harpoons, scientists said that it had not yet deployed its anchors which meant that it was not completely attached to the surface. The surface was much softer than they expected, so there were some concerns that it was not securely fixed on the comet � although from a software point of view things seemed to be fine.Engineers will attempt to fire the anchors again soon in order to keep Philae attached to the surface of the comet,” says The Daily Mail.