Quote:"Philae is doing great! We landed on the comet, touched the surface, the impact was soft, only 4 centimeters, the tank opening problem was not serious, BUT the anchors did not shoot, which is causing us concern, we cant confirm that we have landed properly, at the moment we are doing rest of scans".
Quote:As its ices evaporate, instruments on board the orbiter will study the dust and gas particles that surround the comet and trail behind it as streaming tails, as well as their interaction with the solar wind.
Quote:Rosetta will also help identify which regions of the nucleus are more active than others. As is the case with most comets, activity is not evenly distributed on the surface of the nucleus and the coma of 67P is fed by several dust jets – at least three prominent active areas were identified during the 2009 apparition. If the comet behaves as in 2003 and 2009, the main jets should become visible a month before perihelion, i.e. mid-July 2015.
The Philae space probe was powered down earlier than expected, but not before an instrument discovered an organic compound that was first detected in the comet’s atmosphere, the Wall Street Journal exclusively reported Monday. The find is extraordinary considering the organic compound contains the carbon atom, which is the basis of life on planet Earth.
Further research is being conducted to see if there are complex compounds like amino acids or simple ones like methane and methanol, considered “building blocks” for proteins.
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