Rosetta’s Philae probe successfully lands on a comet-first time in history, y’all!

And you thought <em>Interstellar</em> was exciting

According to a report by The Guardian published minutes after the Philae touched down, scenes of jubilation were abound at the European Space Agency's mission control in Darmstadt. During the wee hour of Wednesday morning in Manila, a space craft made a historic descent on a comet-opening doors to explore new cosmic wonders.

 

The landing, which had to rely on relatively older technology and was using untried landing techniques (comet, guys!), did not go exactly as planned. Confusion between the harpoons meant to secure the Philae’s position on the comet caused some delays, adding tension to the already nerve-wracking moment for scientists and science enthusiasts around the globe.

 

One man who was confident? Matt Taylor, who already had the historical moment immortalized on his skin. Taylor showed up for the event in the last thing people would imagine a scientist would wear and proudly showed off his tattoo.

 


 

For more on this story, log on to BBC and The Guardian. Photos from BBC.

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