Make your plans now to be free in two hours. As I woke up late today (6:30 a.m.), I got this bulletin in my CNN News feed, and was reminded that today is really a historic day for the human species:
Comet landing probe Philae has been released from orbiter Rosetta and has begun its 7-hour descent to land on the surface of Comet 67P, ESA says.
“There is no going back now,” the agency said after the spacecraft’s lander was released for its trip to the surface.
How exciting! Last August I wrote a longish post describing the European Space Agency’s mission to land a space probe on a comet, and you can read all about that here. All has gone well so far. As I mentioned (read the earlier piece), the orbiter Rosetta will release a 100-kg lander, Philae, which will touch down on the small comet and…
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