Officials within the European Space Agency say a small probe is definitely resting on the surface of a distant comet after a rough and uncertain landing.
Smiles in the Main Control Room at ESA's Operations Center, as separation of the Philae lander from ESA Rosetta orbiter is confirmed and the Philae lander on its way to becoming the first spacecraft to touch down on a comet, Nov. 12, 2014. (Courtesy: Euro
A handout photo released on November 13, 2014 by the European Space Agency, and taken by the Rosetta Lander Imaging System instrument, shows the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko during Philae's descent, from a distance of approximately 40 meters above the surface. (Courtesy: European Space Agency)
Receipt of signal from comet surface just after Philae landed, Nov. 12, 2014. (Courtesy: European Space Agency)
Trajectory of Rosetta’s orbit, focusing on the maneuvers of Nov. 12. (Courtesy: European Space Agency)