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European Space Agency's Probe, Philae, Lands On Surface Of Comet

Shilpa Nagesh |
November 12, 2014 | 10:39 a.m. PST

Supervising Executive Producer

The Philae's descent onto the comet. (@ObservingSpace/Twitter)
The Philae's descent onto the comet. (@ObservingSpace/Twitter)
"Philae is talking to us...we are on the comet," said Rosetta mission's lander chief Stephan Ulamec. 

Philae is the European Space Agency (ESA)'s probe, which landed on the surface of a comet at about 8 a.m. PST Wednesday morning. 

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"This is a big step for human civilization. The biggest problem with success is it looks easy," said ESA director Jean-Jacques Dordain.

Tweets from the Philae's official Twitter account were posted shortly after the landing.

Social media erupted once news broke out about the Philae landing and users shared their thoughts: 

Read more about the landing at New York Times or BBC News

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