TOUCHDOWN! ROSETTA'S #PHILAE PROBE LANDS ON COMET
> Think of the science that was incorporated into this mission, proving that many nations, #argentina
, can work together to further space exploration.
After a tense wait during the seven-hour descent to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, the signal confirming the successful touchdown arrived on Earth at 16:03 GMT (17:03 CET).
The confirmation was relayed via the #Rosetta
orbiter to Earth and picked up simultaneously by ESA's ground station in Malargüe,
Argentina and NASA's station in Madrid, Spain.
The signal was immediately confirmed at ESA's Space Operations Centre, #ESOC
, in #Darmstadt
, and DLR's Lander Control Centre in #Cologne
, both in Germany.
The first data from the lander's instruments were transmitted to the Philae Science, Operations and Navigation Centre at France's #CNES
space agency in Toulouse.
"Our ambitious #Rosetta
mission has secured a place in the history books: not only is it the first to rendezvous with and orbit a comet, but it is now also the first to deliver a lander to a comet's surface," noted Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA's Director General.
"With Rosetta we are opening a door to the origin of planet Earth and fostering a better understanding of our future. #ESA
and its Rosetta mission partners have achieved something extraordinary today."
"After more than 10 years travelling through space, we're now making the best ever scientific analysis of one of the oldest remnants of our Solar System," said Alvaro Giménez, ESA's Director of Science and Robotic Exploration. " #comet67p
Thank you to +Marta Rauch
for first making me aware of this historic mission.