Media Advisory Rice Space Institute statement on comet landing

first_imgFollow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews. ShareSTATEMENTDavid [email protected] Space Institute statement on comet landingHOUSTON – (Nov. 12, 2014) – With the first-ever successful landing of a spacecraft on a comet shortly after 10 a.m. CST, the Rice Space Institute issued the following statement about the European Space Agency’s Rosetta orbiter’s mission and its Philae lander touching down on Comet 67P.Comment by Patricia Reiff, associate director for outreach at the Rice Space Institute and professor of physics and astronomy at Rice University:“This landing marks a major milestone in the exploration of space: the first landing on a pristine comet nucleus, some of the most ancient material in the solar system,” Reiff said. “The landing, on a strangely-shaped dual-lobe spinning target, is especially tricky, since any communication to the spacecraft takes nearly an hour round trip at the speed of light. We congratulate the European Space Agency on this historic achievement and look forward to the data from this mission as the comet approaches the sun.”To learn more about the Rosetta orbiter and Philae lander, visit” alt=”last_img” />

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