Incredible Comet Landing Mission in Jeopardy


Comet 67P/CG From About 3km Away

The Philae lander became the first craft to ever land on a comet today as it completed a ten year-long mission when it was dropped from the Rosetta mothership and successfully landed on comet 67P/CG.  However, the mission has been thrown into doubt as Philae’s harpoons failed to fire, leaving it only attached to the comet by ice screws in its leg.

The question is now whether it can hang on or not.  Regardless, the team behind the land celebrated their incredible achievement, with the general director saying, “it’s a big step for human civilization.”  No images have been released yet from the surface of the comet.


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