Descent to a Comet
Image Credit: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS
- Comunicado de ESA.
"12 November 2014
The Philae lander has separated from the Rosetta orbiter, and is now on its way to becoming the first spacecraft to touch down on a comet.
Separation was confirmed at ESA’s Space Operation Centre, ESOC, in Darmstadt, Germany at 09:03 GMT / 10:03 CET. It takes the radio signals from the transmitter on Rosetta 28 minutes and 20 seconds to reach Earth, so separation actually occurred in space at 08:35 GMT / 09:35 CET."
- Touchdown confirmed for Philae at 17:03 CET [10:03 C.R.]: http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/2014/11/12/touchdown-confirmed-for-philae-at-1703-cet/
Philae landing: touchdown highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gou-JxryOHQPhilae Lands on Its Comet — Three Times! | .
After free-falling toward Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for seven hours, ESA's Philae lander bounced on the surface twice before finally coming to rest.