Google Philae Doodle Recognizes The First Controlled Touchdown

Nov 12, 2014 - 3:12 pm 1 by
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Google Philae Doodle

Hours ago, Google posted a Google Doodle for the Philae spacecraft, the robotic European Space Agency lander that accompanied the Rosetta spacecraft and touched down today using a controlled mechanism.

It landed on comet Nucleus and will be responsible for capturing images from a comet's surface and make the first in situ analysis to determine the comet's composition.

This process started back in February 16, 2004 - so it is a long time coming. Here is the depiction of the landing:

Rosetta S Philae Touchdown

It touched down at 15:08 GMT, which is 10:08 AM EDT.

For more about this accomplishment, see the official web site.

Forum discussion at Google+.


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