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Philae lands on a comet

ESA/Rosetta/OSIRIS/MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

The ESA’s Philae probe, launched from the Rosetta spacecraft, landed on a comet today. (Some great photos here.)

Space is immense and we are very small. What we think of as the world is a thin skin of cool surface above a hot, molten blob, all wrapped in an incredibly thin shell of atmosphere that keeps us alive.

And yet we built a machine that flew 30 light minutes away, launched a probe, and attached it to a chunk of debris that’s been bobbing around since the dawn of the solar system.

Pretty cool.


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