Donny Khalaf

Historic! Europe Space Agency lands Philae Probe on Comet 317 Million Miles Away!

In Social Media, Technology, Website on November 12, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Comet

After a suspense-packed, seven-hour descent, the European Space Agency’s Philae lander made an unprecedented touchdown on the surface of a comet Wednesday — marking the high point of a $1.3 billion, 10-year mission.

Cheers erupted as the confirming signals were received at the European Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, Germany, at 11:03 a.m. ET. The signals took 28 minutes to travel at the speed of light over the 317 million miles (510 million kilometers) between Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and Earth.

 “It is sitting on the surface,” reported Stefan Ulamec, Philae lander manager at the DLR German Aerospace Center. “Philae is talking to us — we are on the comet!”

Here’s how to track Philae’s progress:

Have fun!
Donny 🙂
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