Google & Rosetta’s Historic Comet Landing


The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission has been celebrated with its own Google DoodleGoogle & Probe makes historic comet landing

The Rosetta Mission‘s successful comet landing using the Philae space probe has been marked with its own Google Doodle.

The Doodle features an animated version of the Philae lander along with the tagline “first controlled touchdown on comet nucleus”.

It’s taken 10 years to get to this point, but now the Rosetta mission has achieved what no other mission has achieved before: it’s safely landed on a comet more than 300 million miles away and is now gathering as much data as possible about its new home.

Philae managed to land on a suitably flat part of the comet and then deploy harpoons to make sure it didn’t immediately bounce off the surface – although the European Space Agency has reported some problems with how the probe is anchored to the surface.Philae continue to study the comet it’s landed on and will send back data that should shed light on the origins of our solar system.

Follow the latest news from the Rosetta space probe on our live blog.

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