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Separation of the 100-kg Philae probe from the Rosetta orbiter is planned for just after 4 a.m eastern tomorrow, with touchdown to follow seven hours later at 11:02 a.m.

After more than a decade spent cruising through deep space to rendezvous with Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, ESA's Rosetta mission is preparing to deploy a small lander to its surface early Wednesday, a process that mission managers liken to moving an object from one speeding bullet to another.

Separation of the 100-kg Philae probe from the Rosetta orbiter is planned for just after 4 a.m eastern tomorrow, with touchdown to follow seven hours later at 11:02 a.m.

ESA will carry live updates at http://rosetta.esa.int, or you can keep track of the first-ever landing attempt at the following links:

Live webcast from mission control starting at 2 p.m. eastern today through Wednesday: http://new.livestream.com/esa/cometlanding

Updated news from mission operation and science teams at ESA's Rosetta blog: http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta

Twitter:
http://www.twitter.com/ESA_Rosetta
http://www.twitter.com/esaoperations
http://www.twitter.com/philae2014
http://www.twitter.com/esascience

I also recommend this amusing and informative video detailing NASA's assessment of the forthcoming landing attempt. The U.S. space agency, which is flying three instrumets on the Rosetta orbiter, says Philae's 20-km descent to the comet falls into the category of "ridiculously difficult mission."

 

 

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