Space Agency: Philae lander now on comet, kind of
The first picture of the Philae lander on the comet’s surface. Photo: ESA
Yesterday, it was success for the European Space Agency when the Philae robotic lander set foot on comet 67P, but scientists say they are not quite sure exactly where it landed.
The probe successfully separated from its mother-ship Rosetta, before heading to the surface of the comet. After spending the night analysing the data sent by the lander, mission specialists say it seems it first bounced off the surface of the comet and back out into space before touching down two more times. It is now stable on the surface, but only two of the lander’s three legs have contact with the ground.
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Source News: Radio Sweden