Hitch in Philae’s comet landing

The Philae landing vehicle landed on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko at 5:03 p.m. CET. The news was first sent out in a Twitter message from the European Space Agency. The message read “Touchdown for @Philae2014! #CometLanding.” Another Twitter account in the name of the lander has been putting out tweets as if the lander could speak. “Touchdown! My new address: 67P!#CometLanding,” @Philae2014 said and then retweeted it in several languages.

But the landing has not been a 100 per cent success. Harpoons that were supposed to secure the lander to the comet surface failed to fire, according to a later tweet.

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