Nov 17

New photos show Philae’s bumpy comet landing

The European Space Agency released the first images of Philae's bumpy landing today. Orbiting spacecraft Rosetta captured the lander drifting across the surface of Comet 67P for half an hour until its first bounce landing.

The European Space Agency captured the “song” of the comet that was soaring through space at 36,000 mph. ESA detected the sound using several instruments aboard the Rosetta spacecraft, which was speeding alongside the comet.

Earlier this month, after a 10-year, 4-billion-mile journey, the Rosetta spacecraft entered orbit around the rubber-duck-shaped Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Now it must land. This is no helicopter landing. Imagine grabbing a mosquito by the wings. Except the mosquito is in New…