Gigglebit: Facts about Philae (infographic)

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

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Gigglebit is Siliconrepublic’s daily dose of the funny and fantastic in science and tech, to help start your day on a lighter note.

With Gigglebit, we turn the spotlight on humorous and/or amazing content about science and tech, because sometimes the lighter side should be taken seriously, too.

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:

66

DAYS

4

HOURS

26

MINUTES

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