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The Philae lander has separated from the Rosetta space craft and safely landed on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko!

Philae has spent the last ten years aboard Rosetta, travelling the 405 million kilometres (just over 251 million miles) between Earth and the spacecraft's cometary destination. The Rosetta orbiter will now act as a relay between Philae and the European Space Agency on Earth.

Photos of the comet, taken Rosetta's onboard OSIRIS camera, have already provided detailed images of the cometary surface, as it travels through space at close to 55,000 kilometres per hour (over 34,000 mph).

Read more about Rosetta's amazing journey, research, and future mission plans here!

Rosetta's comet rendezvous

Image credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA. Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on 3 August from a distance of 285 km.

 


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