BBC announces that “Controllers say they have now made radio contact with the descending Philae robot, meaning they should be able to receive pictures from it. Philae was dropped towards Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta satellite at 08:35 GMT”.
You can also read about the Rosetta mission and purposes in ESA website. As ESA states, the Rosetta mission will achieve many historic firsts:
- Rosetta will be the first spacecraft to orbit a comet’s nucleus.
- It will be the first spacecraft to fly alongside a comet as it heads towards the inner Solar System.
- Rosetta will be the first spacecraft to examine from close proximity how a frozen comet is transformed by the warmth of the Sun.
- Shortly after its arrival at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the Rosetta orbiter will despatch a robotic lander for the first controlled touchdown on a comet nucleus.
- The Rosetta lander’s instruments will obtain the first images from a comet’s surface and make the first in situ analysis to find out what it is made of.
- On its way to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Rosetta will pass through the main asteroid belt, with the option to be the first European close encounter with one or more of these primitive objects.
- Rosetta will be the first spacecraft ever to fly close to Jupiter’s orbit using solar cells as its main power source.