What It Takes To Land On A Comet

Nov 25, 2014

Photo taken by Rosetta’s navigation camera.
Credit ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

It was big news last week when the European Space Agency landed a probe on a comet. 

And even with some unexpected difficulties in the landing, the Rosetta mission has already gathered enough data to keep scientists busy for years.

Jean Creighton, the director of the Manfred Olson Planetarium, shares her thoughts about Rosetta’s initial success.