Philae lander touches down on comet, makes history
November 13 , 2014
In a historic moment for space exploration, the Rosetta mission successfully landed a spacecraft on a comet on Wednesday, November 12, according to media reports.
As confirmation was received that the Philae lander had touched down on the comet, the first such landing in history, scientists celebrated at the Darmstadt mission control of the European Space Agency.
There were indications that the probe bounced once when it first touched the surface.
Scientists will now be able to study and observe the comet closely as it moves nearer to the sun.