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How Philae lands on the comet

How Philae lands on the comet

Date: 07 November 2014
Satellite: Rosetta
Depicts: Philae lander on comet 67P
Copyright: ESA

At the moment of touchdown on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, landing gear will absorb the forces of landing while ice screws in each of the probe’s feet and a harpoon system will lock Philae to the surface. At the same time, a thruster on top of the lander will push it down to counteract the impulse of the harpoon imparted in the opposite direction.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
28-Nov-2021 22:58 UT

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