Scientists have confirmed that Philae, which was built with the help of scientists from our region, is on the surface of a comet more than 300 million miles from earth.
Members of the European Space Agency said the Rosetta probe was operating well, but they don't know for how long.
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Rosetta’s lander Philae is safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as these first images confirm. One of the lander’s three feet can be seen in the foreground.
Hello! An update on life on #67P - Yesterday was exhausting! I actually performed 3 landings,15:33, 17:26 & 17:33 UTC. Stay tuned for more
The European Space Agency has thanked its Twitter followers for their enthusiasm and support during today's Rosetta space mission.
Posting on it's official Twitter account the ESA said "You make 24-hr-long-days worthwhile!"
Scientists at the European Space Agency say they have concerns over the fate of the Philae Lander.
As the anchors did not fire they cannot say "with 100% certainty that we are on the comet and are staying there." They are observing the movement of the lander to confirm it is stationary on the comet rather than "still in movement."
I’m on the surface but my harpoons did not fire. My team is hard at work now trying to determine why. #CometLanding
Earlier reports had said the harpoon anchors had fired.
More analysis of @philae2014 telemetry indicates harpoons did not fire as 1st thought. Lander in gr8 shape. Team looking at refire options
The Philae Lander is almost ready to start its landing on the comet.
The spider-like craft separated from its orbiting Rosetta mothership at 9.05am, to touch down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, a 2.5 mile-wide rugged lump of ice and dust hurtling through space at around 40,000 mph.
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Three images, taken an hour apart, show the descent of the Philae Lander as it headed for its rendezvous with the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
The lander can be seen turning gently as it slowly chased the comet.
Click on the link above to view the images together.
An image taken 40 seconds before the Philae Lander first touched down on the surface of a moving comet has given experts a glimpse at the detail of the comet.
One of the European Space Agency scientists says the image has given them: "A wealth of information that will keep up us busy for a longtime to come."