Philae - Landing on a Comet

Thursday, 18 December 2014
Stephan Ulamec1, Jens Biele1, Cedric Delmas2, Cinzia Fantinati1, Philippe Gaudon2, Koen Geurts1, Eric Jurado2, Michael Maibaum1, Reinhard Roll3, Mario Salatti4 and Lars Witte5, (1)German Aerospace Center DLR Cologne, Cologne, Germany, (2)CNES French National Center for Space Studies, Toulouse Cedex 09, France, (3)Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany, (4)Italian Space Agency, Rome, Italy, (5)German Aerospace Center DLR Bremen, Bremen, Germany
The Rosetta Lander, Philae, will have landed on 67P/Churyumov Gerasimenko in November 2014. Until then, a landing site has to be be selected, based on data from the Rosetta Orbiter instruments and analyses on flight dynamics and illumination profiles. The Lander shall perform a First Scientific Sequence, immediately following touch down and then enter long term science.

The paper will report on the actual landing and the very first results.

Rosetta is an ESA mission with contributions from its member states and NASA. Rosetta's Philae lander is provided by a consortium led by DLR, MPS, CNES and ASI.