Watch: Philae spacecraft lands successfully on comet

November 12, 2014 4:16 PM

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Scientists have successfully landed a probe on the surface of a comet in an historic first for space exploration, the European Space Agency (ESA) said this afternoon.

The lander, named Philae, left the Rosetta spacecraft earlier on Wednesday. After a seven hour descent, scientists at ESA confirmed its safe landing on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, just after 1600 GMT.

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