Rosetta’s Philae lands on Comet

Historic Comet Landing

After a seven-hour descent to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, Rosetta’s lander, Philae, landed on the Comet.

“After more than 10 years travelling through space, we’re now making the best ever scientific analysis of one of the oldest remnants of our Solar System,” said Alvaro Giménez, ESA’s Director of Science and Robotic Exploration.

ALTER TECHNOLOGY was the cordinated procurement agency of the electronic components on-board Rosetta, working directly with the European Space Agency, ASTRIUM, experimenters and equipment manufacturers of the avionics, platform, GIADA (Grain Impact Analyser and Dust Accumulator), VIRTIS (Visible and Infrared Thermal Imaging Spectrometer) and MIDAS (Micro-Imaging Dust Analysis System) instruments.

Photo: ESA/Rosetta