back to article WATCH Rosetta's Philae's SUCCESSFUL drop on Comet 67P

Brace for action, comet-watchers! Today's the day that the Rosetta craft successfully dropped the probing Philae lander on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The European Space Agency (ESA) said Rosetta will make its last pre-drop burn at 0630 GMT. At around 1605GMT the ESA confirmed they had "telemetry" as Philae …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Alien

    Fascinating viewing

    Especially the cleaner emptying the bins. That's the sort of detail that NASA always missed.

    1. PleebSmash
      Pint

      Re: Fascinating viewing

      Got to love the music mix though

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Devil

        Re: Fascinating viewing

        Got to love the music mix though

        There's nothing quite like a bit of jazz in a Belgian stylee.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Need to cross fingers AND toes now

    Shame to hear that the thruster designed to press Philae down and prevent rebound is u/s, so we now have to hope that the harpoons do hit something soft enough to dig into and hold on. Stress levels in the operations centre are going to be through the roof by 16:00! Good luck to them all!

  3. Graham 24

    Obligatory XKCD reference

    Looks like XKCD is doing a "live" stream too...

    http://www.xkcd.com/1446/

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Obligatory XKCD reference

      heh ... looks rather the same atm as the esa "livestream" on/in my browser[1]... :-(

      [1] I.e. almost always frozen, retrying, restuck, no sound.

    2. Stumpy

      Re: Obligatory XKCD reference

      Damn ... I now /really/ hope we find whales on there. :)

  4. SpikyDave

    Is anyone there?

    It's practically deserted in there. Have they all gone outside for a better view?

  5. Neil Barnes Silver badge
    Thumb Up

    Just one thing, guys -

    Try not to break it, right?

  6. Sarev

    Riveting

    The ESA live feed is truly shambolic. They've had 10 *years* to script eight hours of content... muppets.

    P.s. Thanks for the xkcd link!

  7. JassMan Silver badge

    The feed on the BBC seems better

    until a milllion other people make the same discovery

    http://www.bbc.com/news/live/science-environment-29985988

    or until i post this whichever comes first

  8. Crysknife007

    Ambient Sleep Sound

    I'm so excited about the landing that I decided to make a sleep aid video out of EM emissions from the comet in tribute to the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HA_J_3xyt8g&list=UUF6R1ZDskjCeBMomUGCtxXw

  9. DropBear
    Facepalm

    Aaaaand once again....

    ...some numpty decided there's no way more than seven people will show up to watch the live broadcast, hence I'm looking at a black rectangle. Bravo...

  10. Cripes Chief!
    Pint

    Bam - It's done! Congrats

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Clearly faked, you can see how the shadows from the chairs all point in different directions.

  12. --. --- -..

    So does this count as ownership of a comet now ?

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Is that "Limits to Growth" out the window ?

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Great now they've got one up there they can send a second one to get some much needed touchdown footage.

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