Philae landing: lander status and first descent image

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Highlights from coverage of ESA’s Rosetta mission soft-landing its Philae probe on a comet, the first time in history that such an extraordinary feat has been achieved. Including the presentation of the first ROLIS image sent back by Philae as the lander descended to the surface of the comet.

After a tense wait during the seven-hour descent to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, the signal confirming the successful touchdown arrived on Earth at 16:03 GMT (17:03 CET).

More about Rosetta at:
http://www.esa.int/rosetta

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6 Comments

  1. If it had landed on a spinning rock but then bounced off it, should it be heading in the last direction it was travalling, so it should be lost to outer space.  Thats an expensive set of photos then, shame ;(

  2. Greetings and congratulations,,  Roy said, have noticed in the following image:
    15048351-1-eng-GB/Welcome_to_a_comet.jpg, that there looks to be a cable..
    And i would add that it looks to be penetrating into the surface..
     Lower right corner of image.. There is also localized melting all around it..
     Might the melting be related to the cable's placement or
    might material been cleared away to expose a melted area?,,, I hope that
    is actually a cable and not some other part of the lander… It even looks to be under
    tension but images can be tricky for the eye…

  3. Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Philae "crash" and not land on the comet? I wouldn't call being hurled 1km back into space a "hop", some would even argue the second 20m bounce/hope was far from being acceptable.
    Even if those "hops" were expected, why does it look like it did some kind of tumble across the comet before coming to a stop jammed solid next to a cliff face?
    I'm only going by everything you said in the past how the landing should go, how it should look once it landed, what to expect,etc,etc… and to me, the only thing that you seem to have gotten correct is its still on the comet.

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