Historic First Landing on a Comet

It seems so impossible before, many attempts were made, and all was a failure. The spacecraft crashes into the comet or sometimes it loses it way resulting in a failed mission. However, history changed when humanity successfully landed on a comet for the first time. Well, not actually a human but human-operated spaces probe.

After a seven-hour period of waiting and intensity, the signal broke out bringing the European Space Agency’s mission control in Darmstadt on a state of victory. They’ve achieved a seemingly impossible feat of landing a robotic spacecraft on a comet. This is the first time in history and it’s a great achievement.

However, the seemingly soft landing isn’t what it seems to be. They say that Philae may have bounced off rather than being gently settled at once on the surface of the comet. The comet, with a rather odd name, 67P, has a very weak gravity and the spacecraft was supposed to shoot harpoons into the comet to fix the craft on the surface. However, they failed to fire and Philae is not firmly secure.

“So maybe we didn’t land once — we landed twice,” Philae lander manager Stephan Ulamec said. “Did we land in a soft sandbox or is there something else happening? We don’t fully understand what happened.”

The Discovery of the Century? Probably.

Rosseta’s comet revealed its first secrets. Scientists believe that the carbon compound found on the comet could explain how life thrived on Earth some 3.8 billion years ago.

“Rosetta is trying to answer the very big questions about the history of our solar system,” Matt Taylor, ESA Rosetta project scientist, said in the article on the ESA website. “What were the conditions like at its infancy and how did it evolve? What role did comets play in this evolution? How do comets work?”

“Our ambitious Rosetta mission has secured a place in the history books: not only is it the first to rendezvous with and orbit a comet, but it is now also the first to deliver a lander to a comet’s surface,” noted Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA’s Director General.

The Rosetta mission intends to open the secrets of comets produced using antiquated material that originates before the birth of the earth’s planetary group. In the information Rosetta and Philae gather, analysts would like to take in more of how the earth’s planetary group formed and how comets carried water and complex organics to the planets, setting up the stage for life on Earth.

“Rosetta is trying to answer the very big questions about the history of our Solar System. What were the conditions like at its infancy and how did it evolve? What role did comets play in this evolution? How do comets work?” said Matt Taylor, ESA Rosetta project scientist in an article published in ESA.

As our technology goes more and more advanced, we can be rest assured that the discovery of Earth’s origin will come closer and closer within the coming years.