This is the First Image Sent Back to Earth By Rosetta's Lander Philae

By Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan on at

We're less than two hours away from one of the most exciting moments in space exploration in years: Rosetta's lander, Philae, will touch down on the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. It's still making its way down to the comet, but the little lander that could just sent back its first image—and it's amazing, if a little blurry:

This Is the First Image Sent Back to Earth By Rosetta's Lander Philae

Philae's adorably anthropomorphised Twitter account posted the following "postcard," showing the view looking back at Rosetta after Philae had separated from its momma-craft:

You can clearly see Rosetta's solar array, despite the reflections of the sun and the blur. Follow along with us here as we watch space history being made this morning.

Philae, which took the image using CIVA—one of the many gadgets the lander is taking to the comet—reported that it liked the view. Those guys!