Rosetta’s Philae lander touches down on comet after 10-yr quest

Rosetta's Philae lander touches down on comet after 10-year quest

After Rosetta’s ten yr journey – capped off with the graceful 7 hour descent of its Philae lander – an explosion of elation went up within the European Area Company’s mission management middle in Darmstadt, Germany. At round eleven:04AM Japanese Time, humanity has, for the primary time in historical past, rigorously coaxed an extension of itself onto the floor of a comet. The primary few moments after touchdown turned tense because the ESA staff labored to find out if every little thing labored, however Philae Lander Supervisor Stephan Ullamec broke the strained silence.

“The harpoons have been fired and the touchdown gear has been moved inside. We’re on the floor. Philae is speaking to us, extra knowledge to return,” he stated. Spacecraft operations supervisor Andreas Accomazzo (whom the web was began referred to as “ESA Hoodie Man”) could not fairly assist himself.

“We will not be happier than we at the moment are,” he yelped.

Rosetta’s rendezvous with the comet again in August was a milestone in its personal proper, as was how the probe slipped into orbit round it a month later. Now that Philae has cemented itself into the historical past books, although, it is time for testing. A lot of it.

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