Rosetta's historic comet landing

Nov 13, 2014, 12:16 PM IST
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French Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, French National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) president Jean-Yves Le Gall, French President Francois Hollande with French astrophysicist Francis Rocard look at a model of Rosetta lander Philae as they visit the Cite des Sciences at La Villette during a broadcast of the Rosetta mission as it orbits around comet 67/P Churyumov-Gersimenko in Paris.

French Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, French National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) president Jean-Yves Le Gall, French President Francois Hollande with French astrophysicist Francis Rocard look at a model of Rosetta lander Philae as they visit the Cite des Sciences at La Villette during a broadcast of the Rosetta mission as it orbits around comet 67/P Churyumov-Gersimenko in Paris.

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Scientists react in the main control room at the European Space Agency after the first unmanned spacecraft Philae landed on a comet called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Darmstadt, Germany.

Scientists react in the main control room at the European Space Agency after the first unmanned spacecraft Philae landed on a comet called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Darmstadt, Germany.

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Celebrating scientists in the main control room appear on a video screen at the European Space Agency after the first unmanned spacecraft Philae landed on a comet called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, in Darmstadt, Germany.

Celebrating scientists in the main control room appear on a video screen at the European Space Agency after the first unmanned spacecraft Philae landed on a comet called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, in Darmstadt, Germany.

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Scientists react in the main control room at the European Space Agency after the first unmanned spacecraft Philae landed on a comet called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Darmstadt, Germany.

Scientists react in the main control room at the European Space Agency after the first unmanned spacecraft Philae landed on a comet called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Darmstadt, Germany.

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A scientist reacts in the main control room at the European Space Agency after the first unmanned spacecraft Philae landed on the comet called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, at the control centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

A scientist reacts in the main control room at the European Space Agency after the first unmanned spacecraft Philae landed on the comet called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, at the control centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

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Celebrating scientists in the main control room appear on a video screen at the European Space Agency after the first unmanned spacecraft Philae landed on a comet called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, in Darmstadt, Germany

Celebrating scientists in the main control room appear on a video screen at the European Space Agency after the first unmanned spacecraft Philae landed on a comet called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, in Darmstadt, Germany

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A model of Rosetta lander Philae stands on a model of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, at the European Space Agency ESA in Darmstadt, Germany.

A model of Rosetta lander Philae stands on a model of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, at the European Space Agency ESA in Darmstadt, Germany.

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French National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) president Jean-Yves Le Gall, left, French President Francois Hollande, center, and former French minister and astronaut Claudie Haignere, right, wear 3D glasses as they visit the Cite des Sciences at La Villette during a broadcast of the Rosetta mission as it orbits around comet 67/P Churyumov-Gersimenko in Paris.

French National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) president Jean-Yves Le Gall, left, French President Francois Hollande, center, and former French minister and astronaut Claudie Haignere, right, wear 3D glasses as they visit the Cite des Sciences at La Villette during a broadcast of the Rosetta mission as it orbits around comet 67/P Churyumov-Gersimenko in Paris.

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The picture of the Philae lander released by the European Space Agency ESA, was taken by Rosetta's OSIRIS system shortly after its separation from the mother spaceship.

The picture of the Philae lander released by the European Space Agency ESA, was taken by Rosetta's OSIRIS system shortly after its separation from the mother spaceship.

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The picture released by the European Space Agency, was taken by the ROLIS instrument on Rosetta's Philae lander during descent from a distance of approximately 3 km from the 4-kilometer-wide (2.5-mile-wide) 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet.

The picture released by the European Space Agency, was taken by the ROLIS instrument on Rosetta's Philae lander during descent from a distance of approximately 3 km from the 4-kilometer-wide (2.5-mile-wide) 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet.

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