Europe’s Rosetta mission has made a historic first landing on a comet, 510 million kilometres (300 million miles) from Earth. The landing by the spacecraft’s Philae probe on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko marks the highlight of the decade-long mission to learn more about the origins of our Solar System.
E&T news covered the probe’s landing in detail in our story published online yesterday evening, as the landing happened.
We also have an exclusive video on YouTube, in which we interviewed European Space Agency scientist Gerhard Schwehm about the mission challenges and asked Martin Whalley, from RAL Space, how difficult it was to fit a room’s worth of scientific equipment into the shoe-box sized Ptolemy instrument. James Grasby, from the National Trust, also explained why the Philae lander was named after an ancient Egyptian obelisk.
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