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Look Out Below! Lander Sends Image From Descent to Comet

The camera on the Philae lander transmitted this image from two miles above the comet's surface.
Image: ROLIS descent
The camera onboard the European Space Agency‘s Philae lander captured this image of comet 67P/CG 317 during its descent from the Rosetta spacecraft as it landed on the comet’s surface. The image was captured approximately two miles above the surface of the comet which is 317 million miles away from Earth.ESA

The camera on the European Space Agency‘s Philae lander captured this image from two miles above comet 67P/CG as it descended from the Rosetta spacecraft to land on the comet’s surface, 317 million miles from Earth. The seven-hour-descent was the climax of a mission launched more than ten years ago.