Historic Comet Landing!

The Philae spacecraft, launched by the European Space Agency more than 10 years ago from its Kourou spaceport in French Guiana, touched down with a bounce at 11:03 a.m. yesterday on the icy surface of the 67P/Churyumov/Gerasimenko comet. The landing gives scientists their first chance to ride aboard a comet and study close up what happens as it gets near to the sun. This mission also aims to unlock the mysteries of comets and what they are made of. Comets are often described as “dirty snowballs” covered with dust and rocks, but no human craft has ever reached the surface of one before. Learn more:


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