First pictures released from comet's surface

The European Space Agency has released the first picture taken by its Philae probe on the surface of a comet.

Philae became the first spacecraft to land on a comet when it touched down on the comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, on Wednesday. The photo shows a rocky surface with one of the lander’s three feet.

Harpoons meant to anchor the lander to the surface failed to work properly, causing Philae to bounce twice.

But ESA says the lander is stable. Gerhard Schwehm, a scientist on the Rosetta mission, said it may still be possible to fire the harpoons but in any case the lander is “very healthy”.

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