BREAKING NEWS: Philae lander from European Space Agency’s Rosetta Mission touches down on a comet! #space

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Philae lander from European Space Agency’s Rosetta Mission touches down on Comet (Follow it live here.)

Just like Philae took a parting shot of the mothership shortly after separation, also Rosetta captured some amazing shots of the lander as it began its seven-hour descent to the surface of the comet.

These images were taken with Rosetta’s OSIRIS imaging system, both with the wide-angle camera and the narrow-angle camera.

The lander separated from the orbiter at 09:03 GMT/10:03 CET and is expected to touch down on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko seven hours later. Confirmation of a successful touchdown is expected in a one-hour window centred on 16:02 GMT / 17:02 CET…..

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