Touchdown! Rosetta’s Philae probe lands on comet

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Artist’s impression of Philae touchdown. Credit: ESA/ATG medialab

ESA’s Rosetta mission has soft-landed its Philae probe on a comet, the first time in history that such an extraordinary feat has been achieved.

After a tense wait during the seven-hour descent to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, the signal confirming the successful touchdown arrived on Earth at 16:03 GMT (17:03 CET).

The confirmation was relayed via the Rosetta orbiter to Earth and picked up simultaneously by ESA’s ground station in Malargüe, Argentina and NASA’s station in Madrid, Spain. The signal was immediately confirmed at ESA’s Space Operations Centre, ESOC, in Darmstadt, and DLR’s Lander Control Centre in Cologne, both in Germany.

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  • Cometstalker says:

    Please make a statement of the situation in a technical and not political language as those who do not understand technic don’t care anyhow and those who do only get frustrated of political buffalo dropping events.

  • BLAS says:

    Well done Rosetta!!

  • hank says:

    http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/%3F%3F%3F.png (he is updating every minute or so when there’s news)

  • Sam says:

    who took the picture??? or is this on a back lot of universal pictures

    • Tom says:

      It’s an artist impression. Not a photograph.

    • Aslag says:

      The Satellite deployed that Philae probe on a comet.

    • Tim says:

      More proof that Kubrick did not die!

    • Heywood says:

      Great. Another “Space Hoax” nutter.

    • Eric says:

      If you’re actually being serious, It’s a still image from the animation of what it would look like, not the actual landing of course.

    • Dylan Simel says:

      It says it is from an animation….

      “Still image from animation of Philae separating from Rosetta and descending to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November 2014.”

    • Gary says:

      The spacecraft was in two parts. Philae separated from Rosetta and landed on the comet, while Rosetta took pictures.

    • Todd says:

      If you click on the image it says that the image is a “still” taken from an animation of what the probe will do once it reaches the comet. Obviously – It is not the actual picture of the probe.

    • Chris says:

      Yeah back lot of a film studio. Twit

    • Bob says:

      Description

      Still image from animation of Philae separating from Rosetta and descending to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November 2014.

    • Wynne says:

      Doh! It’s not a real photograph!

    • John says:

      My grandmother on my father’s side did

    • fermin says:

      i believe its a computer animated picture

    • captain obvious says:

      It is a shot from an animation. There has not been a picture released from the actual landing.

    • GT says:

      The Philae Probe is the lander that came from the Rosetta spacecraft. which is still in orbit around the comet. The pictures came form Rossetta

    • Mark says:

      Credit: ESA/ATG medialab

      In other words, it’s a computer graphic showing what it would’ve looked like. No one took that specific picture. There are several actual pictures which are available now, but none show the landing like this, because obviously they couldn’t.

    • Fives says:

      That’s not an actual photo, it’s just an artistic rendering. Thought it was pretty obvious.

  • Oscar says:

    Excellent job!

  • MARIA LUISA COLLEDANI says:

    Hi, can we pubblish (I work for the Italian newspapaer Il Sole 24 Ore) the picture where Rosetta’s Philae touch the comet?
    Thanks for your answer, Maria Luisa

  • JS Lemos says:

    Fantastic !
    Believe-me, I’m really happy !
    Congratulations to everyone in the Agency.

    Best rgds.

  • Martin says:

    ¡Que maravilla!…

  • Rubens Sayegh says:

    What a great accomplishment! Sometimes there´s epic facts in our history that makes us believe in the real and good capacity of the Human race. Surely this was an effort of a team, but a team that makes me proud of belonging to this race. Thank you all for this enterprise. I surely fell better just knowing that this was dreamt, carried out and accomplished!

  • Charles H. Carleton says:

    Amazing!! Congratulations ESA for a job well done. Engineers rule!

  • retro says:

    Why a still from an animation and not a real photo?

  • Rigoberto says:

    hi what the heck is that thing

  • luigi says:

    funny how economic priorities change a few years after these things launch..

  • Bill Gates says:

    Good, Job Guys!

  • BJorgenson says:

    Just fantastic. Can’t wait to see the panoramic from the surface.

  • Catherine Culver says:

    Is that pic of Philae the most important selfie of all time? Kudos to all involved at the ESA. Beyond impressive.

  • Richard says:

    The whole world is watching!! Congratulations!!!

  • Mick Guinan says:

    Well done to everyone involved. What an achievement. Truly staggering considering the time taken and the distances involved. Congrats

  • İlker kula says:

    Really really amazıng!! Superb job and end of old dreams and new dreams welcome.we are great mr and mrs 🙂

  • Rob says:

    how did you get this photo???

  • Sandro says:

    The picture is from http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2014/02/Philae_touchdown and comes from an animation of how the Lander should work this can be seen on http://www.esa.int/spaceinvideos/Videos/2013/12/Philae_touch_down I hope this clears things up for you.

  • SDB says:

    GREAT JOB!
    This is exciting.
    Congratulations to all those who contributed in making this happen.

  • Tod says:

    It’s not a real pic !!!
    “Still image from animation” 17/02/2014
    http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2014/02/Philae_touchdown

  • Claudia says:

    Hi all, yes indeed, as you could find out by clicking on it and following the link (and as many of you pointed out, thank you!) this image is an artist’s impression. The caption has been updated now, sorry if it slipped up, busy day!

  • Pete says:

    Will Rosetta be able to image the lander when on top. I expect the engineers would like confirmation that it’s not on its side etc!

  • Hans says:

    Congrats! I am flabbergasted.
    Images taken and delivered from Philae of its surroundings in Agilkia will be breaking many records!
    Among then is a long record keeper – that is::
    Images taken by robot(s) touching ground with the largest distance to earth (510 Million Km).

  • JackieG says:

    A 120 feet across traveling over 41000 mph for 4 billion miles and never hit so much as a pea sized rock.
    Hahahahahahahahahahah!!!
    My computer puts the odds (%) of going that far unscathed at 0.00000000000001%
    A 15 gram stone hitting that thing at 41000 mph would punch a hole in it you could drive a car through.
    You got a better chance of driving a Kenworth between LA and NY in August without hitting a single bug.
    Its only for the gullible.

    • Cj says:

      JackieG,

      You’re not really that stupid are you?!?!?!?! I hope you’re kidding.

      Well done Rosetta team! Great job

  • Steve says:

    Pics or it didn’t happen.

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