Rosetta and Philae

In March of 2004, two friends went ont he adventure of a lifetime. These two friends were the Rosetta space probe and its lander module Philae. Rosetta was launched by the European Space Agency to explore the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko (67P). After numerous setbacks including a launch explosion, Rosetta and Philae finally set off to land on and investigate the comet. Rosetta took several detours around the Solar System, including a flyby of Mars and the Asteroid Belt and spent 31 months in hibernation mode until it was close enough to the comet to wake up and maneuver into orbit around the comet. In November of 2014, the lander module Philae landed on 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko (67P). Since the module only had 54 hours of battery, it was a rush to collect as much data as possible from the comet and send it back to Earth. Rosetta and Philae continued to investigate the comet for over two years until September of 2016. In September, Rosetta took its last bow and performed a controlled impact onto the surface of the comet. The many scientists working on the data sent back will be working on it for a long time because of the amount of data received from Philae and Rosetta. These probes had a very interesting and historic journey which you can learn more about with this 20 minute animated film The Adventures of Rosetta and Philae!

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