November 12, 2014

Holy Shit We Landed a Spacecraft on a Comet

Humankind made history this morning when the Rosetta mission made the first-ever landing on a comet.
Just a couple minutes after 8:00 a.m. PST/11:00 a.m. EST, the European Space Agency received confirmation that after a roughly 7-hour descent, the mission’s lander craft, named Philae, touched down on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
“This is a big step for civilization,” said Jean-Jacques Dordain, the director general of ESA.
Mission scientists celebrate after receiving confirmation that Philae landed successfully.
Screen grab from ESA live feed

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