Space probe lands on a comet

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Share to Google Classroom

A space probe named Philae has made history by landing on a comet.

Philae is the first spacecraft to ever achieve this the feat. The landing was on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and it required immense precision, as even the slightest error could have resulted in cosmic calamity.

Wednesday’s landing capped a 6.4 billion-kilometer (4 billion-mile) journey that began ten years ago.

Rosetta, which was launched in 2004, had to slingshot three times around Earth and once around Mars before it could work up enough speed to chase down the comet.

It reached the comet in August and the two have been traveling together since then.

4 Responses

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

In the spirit of Christmas, CableTV in the USA, is...
There’s a new genius in town, and she’s only 2...
In a hair-raising tale from Uttar Pradesh, India, meet Smita...
In a bizarre incident in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia,...

World & National News

I ngā rā whakatā, i hui ngā whānau Māori ki...
In a groundbreaking move towards sustainability, Air New Zealand has...
Protests have been carried out around New Zealand in response...