Philae lander touches down on comet 67P

Philae lander illustration

The lander Philae, illustrated above, has landed safely on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

ATG medialab/ESA

DARMSTADT, GERMANY — Philae has landed. Scientists confirmed that the robot touched down safely on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on November 12 despite a potential issue with the lander’s thruster. 

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Updated, November 13 at 10:39 CET: Mission control is now reporting that Philae actually touched down three times yesterday, at 15:33, 17:26 and 17:33 UTC.

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