First image of comet lander released

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Date: November 12th, 2014

cometThe European Space Agency has released the first image of its Philae lander separating from the Rosetta mothership on its ambitious mission toward the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

The separation, which took place around 4 AM ET, marked the start of a 7-hour journey to the comet’s surface.

The Rosetta spacecraft and its Philae lander have been on a decade-long mission through the solar system to rendezvous with the comet.

If successful, Philae will be the first probe to land on a comet.

The comet, which is about 2.5 miles wide, travels at speeds up to 84,000 miles per hour.  More

Video: CometLanding: Rosetta Space Craft Attempts Historic Mission To Land On A Comet

Update: Philae probe reaches comet, makes space history

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