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Bouncing Landers

Historic Landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

It’s a tense wait for the Stephan Ulamec and his Rosetta Mission team at the European Space Agency and their Comet lander Philae.

The craft looked to land on the Comet but a glitch caused the harpoons not to fire making it appear to drift off the surface.

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Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

The first landing of Philae on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko took place around 1600 GMT (10:00am Central US) and lies 317 Million Miles from Earth

The lander viewed heading for Comet Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by Rosetta's OSIRIS

The lander viewed heading for Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by Rosetta’s OSIRIS

Check out the graphic below of the journey that was launched more than 10 years ago and covered 4 billion miles

Rosetta's Journey

Rosetta’s Journey

 

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

We will keep you updated as more information is received from the ESA over the coming weeks!

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