The Rosetta Landing

Words, By George!

The scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA) faced a nervous wait this morning after it emerged that the history-making Philae probe landed not once but three times on a comet more than 300 million miles from Earth.

Reports this morning however, suggest that the probe is now stable, even after magnetic field anlaysis from the craft reported three separate landings at 15:33, 17:26 and 17:33, suggesting a high initial bounce and second, smaller one.

Image of Comet 67P/CG taken by the Philae lander from a distance of approximately 3km from the surface Image of Comet 67P/CG taken by the Philae lander from a distance of approximately 3km from the surface

Engineers from the ESA said today that the probe may have bounced “hundreds of metres” back into the air after its first landing.

But they told BBC News that the probe is now starting to send back images from the surface, and that scientists are considering how to proceed with planned experiments.

Dr Matt Taylor, a…

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