Space probe successfully lands on comet


November 12, 2014
Mariah Timms
News Writer

The European Space Agency has confirmed that the Philae lander probe touched down on Comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko, more than 300 million miles from Earth. Philae, which was launched in March 2004, is part of the Rosetta project, and is the first probe to ever successfully land on a comet. The project aims to study the material of the comet, which dates back billions of years earlier than Earth. The Rosetta spacecraft is on an orbit around the sun, and has circled Earth three times since its launch. Philae has been transmitting data on the comet since August, but the landing will allow new advances in science.


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