Spacecraft Successfully Lands on Comet

Earlier today, the European Space Agency successfully landed its space probe, Philae, on the surface of Comet 67P. This landing marked the first controlled touch down on a comet in history. Philae separated from its mother ship, Rosetta, at 3:30 AM EST; it then floated toward the surface for the next seven hours. Shortly after […]

Spacecraft Will Attempt to Land on Comet

Tomorrow the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft will be the first to attempt landing on a comet. The spacecraft arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on August 6th, and has been surveying its surface to find a proper landing site since; this is the first time a spacecraft has had to find its own place to touch […]