Rosetta Mission Scientists Anxiously Await Comet Landing
Rosetta’s Philae lander is currently descending toward the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Touchdown is expected around 11 a.m. (EST).By Evan Thomas | November 12, 2014
For the first time in history, a human spacecraft is about to attempt a soft landing on a comet.
The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission has released its Philae lander above Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, after a 10-year trip out. (Video via CNN)
Philae left Rosetta at around 3:35 a.m. EST. It’s now in an unpowered descent toward the comet surface. Confirmation of landing is expected around 11 a.m. (Video via NBC)