Thursday, November 13, 2014

Philae Spacecraft Landed 3 Times on Speeding Comet: See Its First Photos

Amazing and awesome. Gives me Goosebumps just to comprehend what this is all about.

Think of it. Years in planning and design (it was approved by ESA in 1993). 10 years in transit (Rosetta was launched in 2004). A bullet is sent to catch a bullet. l Comet  67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is very small (about 4 kilometers in diameter) and is travelling at a speed of 135,000 kilometers per hour. It is at 673 million kilometers from the Sun.

(see what the Rosetta mission is all about: ESA Rosetta FAQ)

Video from Space.com

http://www.space.com/27761-philae-comet-landing-bounces-first-photos.html