The Philae landing probe captured this image of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko as it descended on the comet. The landing probe was part of the Rosetta spacecraft sent by the European Space Agency with the goal of making the first controlled landing on a comet.
A solar panel from the Rosetta spacecraft is visible with Comet 67P in the background. Rosetta was launched on March 2, 2004, and reached the comet over a decade later, on Aug. 6, 2014.
An artist's impression of Rosetta's lander Philae on the surface of comet 67P.The probe will be a laboratory in which tests can be conducted remotely.
French National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall, left, French President Francois Hollande, center, and former French astronaut Claudie Haignere wear 3D glasses during a visit at the Cite des Sciences at La Villette in Paris as they watch the successful landing of the Philae lander on comet 67P, Nov.12.
An image taken from a distance of about five miles from the surface of the comet 67P. The Philae probe's seven-hour descent on Nov. 11 was viewed by European Space Agency engineers as the most difficult part of the ten-year mission.
The comet is pictured from a distance of approximately 2 miles from the surface.
Narrow-angle images were used to try to identify the final touchdown point of Rosetta's lander Philae. It is thought that Philae bounced twice before settling on the surface of the comet.
Another view of Comet 67P, taken with the OSIRIS narrow-angle camera aboard the Rosetta spacecraft.
An image of Philae on Comet 67P, the first man-made craft to land on a comet.
An image from Philae taken during the approach to Comet 67P from roughly 20 miles away. The approach and landing took seven hours, as European Space Agency scientists determined where to land on the comet.
A screen shot of the comet lander Philae, as it leaves the probe Rosetta and falls toward Comet 67P, marking an end to its ten-year journey.
European Space Agency team members celebrate as the Philae successfully lands on Comet 67P, on Nov. 12.