Watch William Shatner’s video send-off to the ESA Rosetta probe and it’s lander, Philae, who is scheduled to complete the first ever landing on a comet tomorrow (Wednesday, November 12th) morning. And we’ve got the link to the live stream so you can watch history happen!
ESA’s Rosetta Mission First to Land on Comet
To date, we humans have touched down spacecraft on six extraterrestrial bodies: the Moon, Mars, Venus, Titan, and asteroids Eros and Itokawa. Tomorrow, we will up that number to seven, adding Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko to the list.
If the Philae lander, scheduled to detach from the Rosetta probe in about 12 hours, is successful, it will touch down and “land” on Comet 67P early tomorrow morning, although some describe the maneuver as more of a “docking” due to the extremely low gravity from the small body (with a mass of only 1013 kg, 67P is about 10,000,000,000 times lighter than our moon).
To help with the landing procedure, Philae has screws in each of its feet meant to anchor it to the surface plus two harpoons. BBC News explains how this will work and what challenges the little lander will face tomorrow:
Learn more about Rosetta and Philae
Rosetta – The Story So Far
Preparing for #CometLanding
Watch the Live Stream!
You won’t want to miss this history in action. ESA will be live streaming all the excitement (they’ve already started streaming!) on their website. Watch below!
Watch here or at ESA