Comet 67P and the Philae Lander

This right here is a comet. We just landed a probe on one of those bad boys. Here’s what one looks like compared with Los Angeles. Wow!

Even with all the drama — and now the prolonged silence, possibly permanent — the European Space Agency’s (ESA) mission to land a fridge-sized probe on a comet zipping at about 80,000 miles per hour, some 300 million miles from Earth, was a resounding success. This first ever comet landing has captivated the world as very few events in the history — certainly the recent history — of space exploration have.

People from all over have closely followed the news streaming from ESA headquarters, watching with mouths open and hearts pounding as the robotic probe Philae attempted to land on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, only to bounce from its surface at least twice — finally resting by the shadow of a hilly incline.

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