Philae Comet Landing
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On November 12, 2014 the European Space Agency landed the Philae lander on the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko after separating from its mother ship Rosetta.
The world watched as a tiny spacecraft no bigger than some washing machines landed on a piece of the solar system that dated back to it's beginnings.
This is my model to celebrate this historic step in the exploration of our solar system.
- the distinctive three legged landing system,
- MUPUS (Multi purpose Sensors for Surface and Subsurface Science)
- CIVA (the Comet Infrared and Visible Analyser) -
- SD3 -Drill, Sample and Distribution - This system is in charge to take comet's soil samples at different depths and to distribute them to different instruments for analysis
Congratulations to one and all who contributed to the Rosetta and Philae spacecraft as well as all those whose work is just not beginning after today’s landing!
More information about the spacecraft and some of the experiments:
Rosetta - http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/
CIVA - http://www.open.ac.uk/science/research/rosetta/mission/philae-lander/civa
SD2 - http://www.aero.polimi.it/SD2/
MUPUS - http://www.researchgate.net/publication/224987616_MUPUS__A_Thermal_and_Mech...