Published On: Wed, Nov 12th, 2014

Historic landing on a spinning comet

Europe Comet ChaserThe European space agency (ESA) spacecraft Rosetta confirmed that “Philae” its comet Lander touched the surface of the comet 67P, making it the first time in history that a spacecraft was able to achieve a soft landing on a spinning comet.

Rosetta spacecraft was launched back in 2004, the mission was with contributions from the ESA member states and NASA, it reached the comet on August 2014 and started escorting it as it orbits the sun.

Comets are time capsules with left over materials from the epoch when the sun and its planets formed.

Rosetta Lander will obtain images from the comet’s surface and will collect data for analysis.

According to ESA, this mission aims to unlock the mysteries of the oldest building blocks of the solar system, the comets, it will allow scientists to look back into 4600 million years where no planets existed.

“We are the first to have done that, and that will stay forever”, ESA director general Jean Jacques Dordain added earlier today.

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