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Rosetta orbiter deploying the Philae lander to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko (not to scale) - artist's impression. [Credit: ESA–C. Carreau/ATG medialab] Mona Evans, "Rosetta the Comet Chaser" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art182574.asp

The European Rosetta spacecraft's Philae lander aims to be the first probe ever to safely land on a comet. Here's how to land on a spinning ice mountain in space.

from WIRED

Incredible New Photos Taken From the Surface of a Comet

Incredible New Photos Taken From the Surface of a Comet | Image of the comet taken by Rosetta from 10 kilometers away. ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO | WIRED.com

from io9

Incredible Images Show Philae As It Drifted Across The Comet Surface

As Philae descended towards Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko last Wednesday, the OSIRIS camera aboard the Rosetta satellite tracked its progress. The ESA has now released this stunning mosaic showing the probe as it drifted across and bounced on the surface.

The ESOC (European space operations centre) is the control center of the ESA - . Since 1967, it is responsible for the operation of all ESA satellites and the global network of ground stations. The ESOC has so far over 60 satellites of the ESA serves operationally, such as Huygens, Mars Express, Rosetta, Envisat, GOCE, Herschel/Planck, etc.

Rosetta is en route to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, where it will make the most detailed study of a comet ever attempted. It will follow the comet on its journey through the inner Solar System, measuring the increase in activity as the icy surface is warmed up by the Sun. The lander will focus on the composition and structure of the comet nucleus material. It will also drill more than 20cm into the subsurface to collect samples for inspection by the lander's onboard laboratory.

Rosetta's Comet on 5 September 2014: Jagged cliffs and prominent boulders are visible in this image taken by OSIRIS, Rosetta’s scientific imaging system, on 5 September 2014 from a distance of 62 kilometres from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The left part of the image shows a side view of the comet’s 'body', while the right is the back of its 'head'.

Rise And Shine! Rosetta’s Comet Emerges From Behind Sun, Much Brighter Than Before

We people of earth are always becomes more happy when we make one record which wasn’t made before in our whole history by anyone. This gave us more courage to do more in our field. In September India saw such moment when they succeed in their maiden Mars Mission, so now it courage them to plan extra in their second Mars mission. Yesterday we saw such happiness on ESA’s scientists when they successfully landed their Philae craft on 67P comet. In the space history it is the first time when we…

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