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Rosetta’s successful landing!

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s2The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission has made an historic landing on a comet . After a memorable if awkward comet landing, the robot probe Philae is now stable and sending pictures – but there are concerns about its battery life. The probe arrived in August but landed on it yesterday.

After two bounces, the first one about 1km back out into space, the lander settled in the shadow of a cliff, 1km from its target site. Its main mission is to take samples and drill its surface. The only problem is they have one fatal flaw… how on earth are they going to process all the information that the probe gets back to earth.

They shot out harpoons to lock the probe onto the comet but the harpoons are failing to do their job!

It was launched 10 years ago! Yes, that’s right TEN YEARS! People have dedicated a decade of their life just to get that probe onto the comet.

Everybody was rejoicing when the probe landed. Many people ask this question: what was the actual point of the mission?

 

Isaac, Year 6

Heighington Millfield Primary Academy

2 Responses to Rosetta’s successful landing!

  1. admin November 16, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    According to the Science Editor of the Sunday Times, Isaac, searching for organic molecules is one of its key tasks. Before its batteries went flat, it transmitted loads of scientific data which will no doubt excite the scientists here on earth.

    Bill, Snr YJA Editor

  2. Toby November 24, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Im a young journalist as well and Im doing about Rosetta too!