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by Brian Schrader

Philae Lands on Comet 67P

Posted on Wed, 12 Nov 2014 at 07:39 PM

Philae detached from Rosetta, landed on a comet the the size of Manhattan that's 321,908,000 miles away and moving at 40,000 mph, using an orbital approach that looks like this:

Rosetta's approach trajectory

Congratulations to everyone at ESA who made this landing possible. I can't wait to see the data Philae sends back.

Here's some background info →

Here's some pictures from Rosetta and Philae →

Here's the XKCD about it →

Here's that same XKCD in GIF form →

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