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Rosetta's Philae lander's new objectives defined post comet touchdown

 Rosetta spacecraft's robot probe Philae which recently made a historic touchdown on a comet has now lot of tasks up its sleeves.


Rosetta's Philae lander's new objectives defined post comet touchdown

Washington: Rosetta spacecraft's robot probe Philae which recently made a historic touchdown on a comet has now lot of tasks up its sleeves.

Philae probe could provide vital information on creation of the solar system and it could begin to unlock answers about the creation of the solar system with data collected from its landing debris.

Professor Stan Cowley, University of Leicester, said that one early result that they were now waiting for was the measurements on the analysis of the debris cloud that was kicked up by the landing and one key result concerns the oxygen isotope ratios in the comet water were they the same as at Earth, and the Sun, or different.

According to the University of Leicester, the material analysis of dust and ice from the initial impact of the probe has also been possible after the touchdown of the lander.

The mission objective is to learn more about the composition of the comet, which is a remnant from the formation of the solar system some 4.6 billion years ago.

From Zee News

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