Philae Becomes First Spacecraft Ever To Land On A CometPlay
While moviegoers are watching Matthew McConaughey fly into the bowels of a giant fictional wormhole, scientists in reality are making a huge leap in the quest to understand our final frontier.
This morning, the European Space Agency (ESA) landed what is now the first spacecraft ever to touch down on a comet.
In August, the unmanned craft Rosetta became the first to be put into orbit around a comet.
Now, 10 years after launching, Rosetta sent its smaller 220-pound probe Philae on a course for the surface of the comet 67P/C-G.
Veteran space reporter Kelly Beatty spoke with Here & Now’s Robin Young and Sacha Pfeiffer from ESA's headquarters in Germany about the landing.
- Kelly Beatty, senior contributing editor for Sky & Telescope Magazine. He tweets @NightSkyGuy.
This segment aired on November 12, 2014.