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Philae Science Module landed on Surface of the Comet



This is historical moment when space module reached the surface of the comet.



13.Nov.14 3:28 PM
By Mihail Prygunov
Photo rusplt.ru

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Philae Science Module landed on Surface of the Comet
This is the first time in human history when a spacecraft has reached the surface of the comet. Space module Philae has successfully landed on the surface of Churyumov-Gerasimenko Comet approximately at 6:30 p.m. This fact has been officially confirmed by the European Space Agency.

The space craft has been travelling towards the comet for 10 years. This was more than enough for it to gain necessary speed, reach the space body and get into its orbit. The module was controlled by specialists from 500 million kilometers distance. Experts of European Space Agency noted that such operation has turned out to be extremely hard due to extraordinary shape of the comet in addition to law level of gravity. Two special harpoons were made for this operation. Module shot those harpoon in the surface of the object. It made it possible to complete successful landing.

Astronomers have already received the first information about this comet with the help of Philae space module. Hundreds of pictures have been made. It turned out that the object smells like hydrogen sulfide and ammonia.

The primary mission of the module is to help scientists to get as much information as possible about the fact how our universe originated and developed throughout all this time. The comet has kept its original condition as it was 4.5 billion years ago. The module is equipped with all necessary techniques which will be used for researches of the space object. It has drill, spectrographs, cameras, particle analyzers and other useful equipment.



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