Interesting Photo of the Day: First Ever Photo Taken From a Comet

Yesterday was a big day in history. The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission achieved something epic—for the first time ever, a probe successfully landed on a comet. It was a feat ten years in the making; Rosetta was launched on March 2, 2004 and traveled 6.4 billion kilometers to arrive at its destination. Upon touching down, the Philae lander, which has its own Twitter account, took this first-of-its-kind image from Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko:

philae photo of comet

“Welcome to a Comet” (Via ESA. Click image to see full size.)

“Rosetta’s lander Philae is safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as these first two CIVA images confirm. One of the lander’s three feet can be seen in the foreground. The image is a two-image mosaic.” — European Space Agency

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2 responses to “Interesting Photo of the Day: First Ever Photo Taken From a Comet”

  1. sunho says:

    who or what took this picture?
    Wre there 2nd starship to follow the Philae?

  2. Rick says:

    Not everything has to be a conspiracy! Have you thought that the lander has a camera attached to it. You can control your camera over wifi thanks to these guys controlling them across the solar system!!

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