Gigglebit: Facts about Philae (infographic)

12 Nov 2014

Philae, the landing craft of the Rosetta mission. Image via ESA/ATG medialab

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Today is the day the Rosetta spacecraft’s Philae probe is due to be deployed at about 8.35am UT and land on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko seven hours later, to help scientists determine the physical properties of the comet’s composition.  

If the landing is successful, it will mark the first time a probe has ever been landed on a comet.

Here are facts and figures about Philae, courtesy of US space agency NASA, to put in perspective the enormity of the task the craft is to undertake today:

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic