13 November 2014 :: Google Marked Philae Lander Touchdown on Comet Nucleus by a animated Doodle. a feat achieved by the European Space Agency (ESA) with the Philae lander probe.The Philae lander probe landed on 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Wednesday, more than 10 years after departing Earth on the Rosetta spacecraft.
Philae is a robotic European Space Agency lander that accompanied the Rosetta spacecraft until its designated landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko (67P), more than ten years after departing Earth. On 12 November 2014, the lander achieved the first-ever controlled touchdown on a comet nucleus. Its instruments are expected to obtain the first images from a comet’s surface and make the first in situ analysis to determine its composition.
The lander is named after Philae Island in the Nile, where an obelisk was found and used, along with the Rosetta Stone, to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics.