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November 12, 2014

Got yer comet right here, buddy

IMO, Rosetta/Philae is the most impressive technical tour de force since Apollo 11. Congratulations to ESA for a job well done.

Phiale's got your comet
XKCD did a cartoon with running updates this morning.
(He was wrong about the harpoons in this version but has since corrected that.)
Philae touches down on the surface of a comet

London (CNN) -- Touchdown! The Philae probe has landed on the surface of a comet, scientists from the European Space Agency (ESA) announced Wednesday.

It is the first time a soft landing has been achieved on a comet.

However, project scientists believe anchors that hold the probe to the surface failed to work properly and are now trying to find out why, according to ESA tweets.

ESA lander system engineer Laurence O'Rourke told CNN that engineers are still checking the data to see "how we landed and where we landed."

Shortly after landing was confirmed, the probe tweeted: "Touchdown! My new address: 67P!" Later, it tweeted again: "I'm on the surface but my harpoons did not fire."

First image from the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from the Rosetta mission’s lander Philae (Photograph: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA)

Posted by joke du jour at November 12, 2014 06:03 PM

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