Early today, the European Area Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft deployed its comet lander, “Philae.” At 11:03 a.m. EST, ESA confimred that signals were obtained from Philae on the area of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko! It is the first time in record that a spacecraft has actually made a soft landing on a comet. The picture below was taken with the OSIRIS narrow-angle electronic camera …

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Rosetta as well as Philae had actually been cycling via room with each other for greater than DECADE. The details accumulated by Philae at one location on the surface will certainly suit that collected by the Rosetta orbiter for the entire comet. Utilising radio waves, they will manage to investiage its internal structure. They additionally plan on boring right into the surface area to learn regarding the comet’s composition and also how it connects with solar wind. Stay tuned for more information.

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The complying with declaration is from John Grunsfeld, rocketeer and also associate manager for NASA’& rsquo; s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, concerning the effective comet landing by the European Room Firm’& rsquo; s Rosetta spacecraft:

“& ldquo; We congratulate ESA on their successful getting on a comet today. This success stands for a development minute in the exploration of our solar system as well as a milestone for worldwide teamwork. We are honored to be a component of this historical day as well as look onward to getting valuable data from the three NASA tools on board Rosetta that will certainly map the comet’& rsquo; s nucleus as well as examine it for indications of water.

“& ldquo; The information collected by Rosetta will certainly provide the scientific neighborhood, as well as the globe, with a treasure-trove of data. Tiny bodies in our solar system like comets and also asteroids help us understand just how the solar system developed and give possibilities to progress exploration. We expect structure on Rosetta’s success exploring our solar system with our studies of near planet planets and NASA’s approaching asteroid sample return objective OSIRIS-REx. It’& rsquo; s a terrific day for room exploration.”

-Rick DeLuca

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