European Spacecraft Lands Successfully on a Comet’s Surface
A European spacecraft made it to the history books after landing on the icy, dusty surface of a speeding comet after travelling 4 billion in hopes to answer several of the most asked questions of the universe. The washing machine sized spacecraft landed after a ten year long journey that required precision and even the smallest and slightest of errors could have resulted in calamity.
According to Stephan Ulamee the head of the operations there were indications that the spacecraft successfully touchdown saved for an unplanned bounce. Ulamee said the thrusters that were meant to push the lander named Philae into the comet’s surface and harpoons will anchored it to the comet fails to deploy properly. Data showed that the spacecraft lifted off again turned around then came to a rest. Program scientists are still trying to understand to what happened and if the failures will affect the ability of the lander to stay in the comet named 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
The team that controlled the mission is stationed at Darmstadt, Germany had to wait for seven hours after the Philae have dropped from the agency space probe as both the lander and comet flew in space at 66,000 kilometers an hour. Then at 16:03 GMT they received signal that confirmed that the spacecraft have landed on the comet.