Rosetta mission control team

Rosetta mission control team

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Credit: ESA/J. Mai/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Rosetta mission control team receiving confirmation that the Philae lander had separated from the Rosetta spacecraft on its mission to land on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This is the first mission designed to land on a comet. Philae landed successfully on 12th November 2014. It will perform detailed analysis of the comet's surface, giving an insight into conditions during the formation of the solar system some 4.6 billion years ago. Rosetta was launched in March 2004 on a 10 year mission to study this comet. Rosetta rendezvoused with the comet on 6th August 2014. Photographed in the European Space Agency's (ESA) space operations centre, Darmstadt, Germany.

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