Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Rosetta's probe - European scientists make space history by successfully landing probe on a comet after 10-year mission

It's been an exciting day today in the science/Astro world most especially the "European Space Agency"  ESA . A 10 year project finally was achieved today breaking records and making history. The 1st time there will be a landing on a comet moving at over 300m/h (an incredible speed) . Am glad to be a witness to this great event that will affect mankind inhopefully a positive way. Read the developing news below...
Rosetta's probe, Philae, has successfully landed on its comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. 
After a daring seven-hour descent, the probe has made space history by becoming the first ever craft to land on a comet.
In an emotional speech, Esa director general Jean-Jacques Dordain said: 'It's a big step for human civilization.'
Scientists hope data from the probe will help reveal how the solar system was first created 4.5 billion years ago.
The confirmation of the landing was relayed via Rosetta to Earth and picked up simultaneously by a ground station in Malarg├╝e, Argentina and Madrid, Spain, before being confirmed in Darmstadt.
'Esa and its Rosetta mission partners achieved something extraordinary today,' said Dordain.
'Our ambitious Rosetta mission has secured another place in the history books: not only is it the first to rendezvous with and orbit a comet, but it is now also the first to deliver a probe to a comet's surface.'

At 08.35 GMT today, mission control in Darmstadt, Germany sent a command to release the Philae probe from Rosetta's grip. This picture shows the boulder-strewn neck region of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. It was captured around 4.8 miles (7.7km) from the surface of the comet
See the full news and imagery on Daily Mail

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