Much like everyone else, Google too is celebrating the successful landing of Rosetta mission on the surface of a comet. The search giant has put up a neat doodle depicting the Philae probe, which successfully landed on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Also Read - Best camera phones under Rs 35000 to buy in July 2021: Pixel 4a, Mi 11X, and moreAlso Read - Timex Helix Smart 2.0 with temperature sensor, heart rate sensor launched: Details here
It took scientists and researchers 10 years to make physical contact with a comet. The European Space Agency s Rosetta spacecraft on Wednesday night established a touchdown on the surface of the comet more than 300 million miles away at around 09:35PM IST. Philae is now supposed to beam panoramic images of the comet to scientists at Earth so they could analyze them. Also Read - Netflix could launch its video game streaming service next year, at no extra cost
The comet is said to possess materials that originally formed our solar system. The spacecraft has already provided us with useful information, and will continue to send many more. By analyzing the data, scientists will give us a more accurate answer to the origin of our planet.
Yesterday, tensions were at peak in the European Space Agency s mission control center as Philae approached the surface. Landing on a comet is difficult because of the spinning rocks and ice. Furthermore, comet s gravity is also too weak. As of last estimations, there s a communication delay of 28 minutes between the Earth and Philae.
Shortly after landing was confirmed, the probe tweeted,
Touchdown! My new address: 67P! #CometLanding
Philae Lander (@Philae2014) November 12, 2014