Comets are front and center these days

November 13, 2014 4:59 PM

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After ten years in space Rosetta's Philae landed on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Geraskimenko on Wednesday. The astounding images already returned from the Rosetta orbiter and the successful touchdown of Philae have the astronomy and space community excited about the next stage of experiments as the lander literally gets under the comet's skin.

Perched like a three-legged mosquito, Philae will drill 23 centimeters into the surface and extract samples to be delivered to its suite of onboard instruments. Over the next 13 months, the mission will continue as the Comet 67P gets closer to the sun and begins to outgas.

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