Historic Rosetta Mission’s Landing Site On Comet 679 May Cause Mission Problems
After two attempts,the Philae has landed safely.
The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission’s lander is currently on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
The first landing attempt bounced the lander about 1km back out into space, Philae then on its second attempt settled in the a cliff, missing its intended target site by approximately 1km.
Late Wednesday, mission manager Paolo Ferri said they lost their radio link earlier than planned, although he said that’s not concerning.
ESA scientist said today that Philae`s landing poses a potential problem for its solar panels. The lander is stable, however it did not latch on correctly to the comet’s terrain,.
Mission scientist Jean-Pierre Bibring noted that the lander appears to be standing on only two of its three feet but its scientific instruments are optimally operating.
Two Canadian companies are bursting with pride after playing a small but important role in the historic landing of the ESA’s Philae on the surface of comet 67P.
Despite some nervousness at the Darmstadt, Germany mission control, Nov. 12 2014 has now become a historic day in space exploration, with the first ever landing on a comet, after a 6.4-billion km journey through space aboard its mother ship, Rosetta.