Philae Lander Safely Anchored on Comet Surface: ESA

November 13, 2014 2:56 PM

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Philae Lander Safely Anchored on Comet Surface: ESA

The lander, named Philae, was launched from its mothership Rosetta on Wednesday as it orbited comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the climax of a 10-year-odyssey for the European Space Agency (ESA).

But during Philae's seven-hour descent to the comet, harpoons designed to anchor it failed to deploy, raising concerns the lander might drift back into space.

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