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Rosetta mission: Philae’s landing site on comet 67P – Photos

After the lander’s dramatic descent on Wednesday, the European Space Agency is releasing four more pictures taken by Philae of its landing site

A picture taken with the CIVA camera on Rosettas Philae lander showing comet 67P/ChuryumovGerasimenko from a distance of about 16 km from the surface of the comet. The 'selfie' image was taken on October 7, 2014 and captures the side of the Rosetta spacecraft and one of Rosettas 14 m-long solar wings, with the comet in the background. Two images with different exposure times were combined to bring out the faint details in this very high contrast situation. The comet's active neck region is clearly visible, with streams of dust and gas extending away from the surface.

A picture taken with the CIVA camera on the Philae lander, before release, shows comet 67P/ChuryumovGerasimenko from a distance of about 16 km from the surface of the comet. The ‘selfie’ was taken on 7 October and captures the side of the Rosetta spacecraft and one of Rosettas 14-metre-long solar wings, with the comet in the background Photograph: CIVA/Philae/Rosetta/ESA

Rosetta and Philae at comet Artist   s impression of the Rosetta orbiter deploying the Philae lander to comet 67P/Churyumov   Gerasimenko. The image is not to scale; the Rosetta spacecraft measures 32 m across including the solar arrays, while the comet nucleus is thought to be about 4 km wide

An artist s impression of the Rosetta orbiter deploying the Philae lander to comet 67P/Churyumov Gerasimenko. The image is not to scale; the Rosetta spacecraft measures 32 metres across including the solar arrays, while the comet nucleus is thought to be about 4 kilometres wide Photograph: C.Carreau/ATG medialab/ESA

This image taken with the lander’s CIVA-P imaging system shortly after release captures one of Rosetta’s 14 metre-long solar arrays.

This image taken with the lander’s CIVA-P imaging system shortly after release captures one of Rosetta’s 14 metre-long solar arrays. Photograph: DLR/ROLIS/Philae/Rosetta/ESA

Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera captured this parting shot of the Philae lander after separation.

Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera captured this parting shot of the Philae lander after separation. Photograph: Philae/Rosetta/ESA

A camera on Philae shows the comet during the lander’s descent , from a distance of approximately three kilometres. The landing site is imaged with a resolution of about three metres per pixel. In the upper right corner a segment of the Philae landing gear is visible.

A camera on Philae shows the comet during the lander’s descent , from a distance of approximately three kilometres. The landing site is imaged with a resolution of about three metres per pixel. In the upper right corner a segment of the Philae landing gear is visible. Photograph: -/ESA

Rosetta’s lander Philae is safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as these first two CIVA images confirm. One of the lander’s three feet can be seen in the foreground. The full panoramic from CIVA will be delivered in this afternoon’s press briefing at 13:00 GMT/14:00 CET.

Rosetta’s lander Philae is safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as these first two CIVA images confirm. One of the lander’s three feet can be seen in the foreground. The full panoramic view from CIVA will be delivered at this afternoon’s press briefing at 13:00 GMT/14:00 CET. Credits: CIVA/Philae/Rosetta/ESA Photograph: CIVA/Philae/Rosetta/ESA

A pro-Russian separatist leader was sworn in DONETSK Ukraine

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Obama dismissed Russia as a nation that “doesn’t make anything”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama dismissed Russia as a nation that “doesn’t make anything” and said in an interview with the Economist magazine that the West needs to be “pretty firm” with China as Beijing pushes to expand its … read more

Luxembourg prime minister is openly gay approves same sex marriage

Lawmakers in Luxembourg, whose prime minister Xavier Bettel is openly gay, overwhelmingly approved changes in the small European nation’s legislation governing marriage on Wednesday that will allow people of the same sex to wed and to adopt children. The Chamber … read more