8 CRAZY Facts You Didn’t Know About The Rosetta Comet Landing

The world is currently memorised by a the successful comet landing, which saw the Philae lander make history by travelling for almost 11 years before catching up with, and landing on, a comet hurtling through space

1. The Lander And The Orbiter Are Tweeting Each Other (And It’s Adorable)

2. The Rosetta Travelled 6.4 billion Kilometres Over 10 Years To Catch Comet 67P

panoramic comet photo

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In order to get enough speed to catch up with the comet, Rosetta had to spin around Mars once and Earth 3 times.

3. The Guardian Was Underwhelmed By The Photographs

first photo from comet landing

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While many have hailed the scientific miracle of the Philae comet landing, The Guardian have been less than impressed by the comet photographs sent back by the lander.

“Of course this is a miracle…but the pictures when they come through are a disappointment. They’re in black and white and there’s some sort of landing leg in the way.”

4. The Philae Looked Tiny On It’s Way Down

philae comet lander looks tiny

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That tiny white speck of dust in the infinite black ocean of space is the Philae comet lander. The 67P comet looks positively huge by comparison.

5. The Comet Lander Bounced Twice When It Touched Down

rosetta comet landing decent

Photo: ESA

The scientists received a shock when the lander landed not once, but 3 times on the alien surface of comet 67P.

6. The Conspiracy Theories Have Already Begun

philae after departing from rosetta

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“Comet 67P is NOT a comet… 20 years ago Nasa began detecting radio bursts from an unknown origin out in space. It would later be known that these had likely come from the direction of the now named comet 67P. It does show signs on its outside of machine like parts and unnatural terrain.”

The confirmation from mission control the there is a strange “mystery song” being emitted from the comet has been fuel on the conspiracy theory fire. Several 67P conspiracy theories suggesting that it is an alien spacecraft trying to make contact.

7. Britain’s Royal Mail Are Marking The Successful Comet Landing With A Celebratory Postmark

royal mail celebrates comet landing with postage stamp

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The Royal Mail in Britain is celebrating the success of the Philae lander successfully touching down on the comet with a specially design postmark. Millions of pieces of mail delivered on the Friday and Saturday after the comet landing (14th and 15th November), will feature a unique postmark to mark the successful comet mission.

“We’re thrilled to be marking the European Space Agency’s fantastic achievement with one of our special postmarks.

Our postmark is set to take off and will appear on mail delivered by our postmen and women across the UK.”

8. The Rosetta And The Philae Are Named After Ancient Egyptian Artifacts And Landmarks

comet just before philae touched down

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The orbiter is named after the Rosetta Stone, a stone tablet which helped Egyptologists unlock the mystery of the hieroglyphics. The lander is named Philae, after the island in the Nile where an obelisk was found that contained  Egyptian and Greek writing.