Spot on comet chosen for Rosetta mission lander

Philae landing site J on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko

Site J, denoted by the plus sign, marks the spot on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko where Rosetta's lander Philae will attempt to touch down in November 2014.


Philae, the Rosetta mission lander, will attempt to touch down on a spot called site J on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The site selection was announced September 15 during a press briefing in Paris. Site J is on the smaller lobe of the comet, which is shaped like a rubber duck. Philae is slated to land on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on November 11. 

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