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Philae lander: Third anniversary of comet touchdown

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 22: DARMSTADT, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 12: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) In this February 17, 2014 handout photo illustration provided by the European Space Agency (ESA) the Philae lander is pictured descending onto the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet. ESA will attempt to land the Philae lander onto the comet in the afternoon (GMT) of November 12 which, if successful, will be the first time ever that a man-made craft has landed onto a comet. The Philae lander, launched from the Rosetta probe, is a mini laboratory that will harpoon itself to the surface, though a problem with a gas thruster detected November 11 is making the outcome of the landing uncertain. (Photo ESA via Getty Images)

The European Space Agency's landing module Philae made history on Nov. 12, 2014, when it successfully landed on the icy, dusty surface of a speeding comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. On Feb. 12, 2016, scientists from German Aerospace Center (DLR) announced that it was time to say farewell to the Philae lander, as contact with the space probe could no longer be established. On the third anniversary of the historic technological breakthrough that helped capture the first images from a comet's surface, we take a look at the space exploration probe and its accompanying spacecraft Rosetta's journey.

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