The Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission captured this view during its first bounce after hitting the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Nov. 12, 2014, with blurring as a result of the lander's own motion. The lander was descending at about 2 mph (3.2 kilometers per hour) when it first touched the surface, and its first bounce lasted almost two hours and carried it about six-tenths of a mile (1 kilometer) both aloft and downrange. The image from the lander's CIVA camera is the first view from Philae after its initial touchdown.
Rosetta is a European Space Agency mission with contributions from its member states and NASA. Rosetta's Philae lander is provided by a consortium led by the German Aerospace Center, Cologne; Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Gottingen; French National Space Agency, Paris; and the Italian Space Agency, Rome. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, manages the U.S. participation in the Rosetta mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington.
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More information about Rosetta is available at http://www.esa.int/rosetta.
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