Philae Lander

philae landerIt happened in 1969. History was made when Neil Armstrong became the first man to ever take a step on the moon. The moment ignited everyone. Questions sprouted out of all directions, and the idea of life on other planets began to catch the interests of many. Apollo 11 certainly marked a moment throughout human civilization, as it became the first spaceflight to land man on the moon.

Thirty-five years later after the historic milestone in human history, the Rosetta mission was launched by ESA. With an incentive to hopefully find life in space, ESA sent Philae to track down comet 67P (310 million miles from earth) and collect information of the comet’s surface composition towards the nucleus of the comet, which contains an environmental make up of magnetic and plasma related surface. Ten years later on November 12 2014, history was made again. The result was a success, as the Philae Lander became the first spacecraft to ever land in the nucleus of a comet. Results of the landing weren’t rough as expected. Philae had managed to land softly despite the lack of the harpoons and thrusters being fired as coming to surface. A possibility that many think based off readings from the landing is that Philae must’ve landed twice, and with luck, on the correct spot after the bounce on the first spot!

This astronomical achievement marks another milestone in human history, as the search for existing life still continues. In the future, missions that were fired in the modern days will soon be dealt with, and human knowledge of the universe will expand in a more advanced way than ever before.


About Veeresh Neralagi

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