The lander from the Rosetta mission, on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
This image depicts the first ever landing of a probe on the surface of a comet. The lander, called Philae, is part of the European mission Rosetta, which was finally launched on 2 March 2004. In early 2014, having spent ten years in space and having travelled an incredible 4 billion miles, the Rosetta orbiter will encircle the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and dispatch Philae down to the comet's surface to take readings and analyse samples. Nobody is really sure what the surface will look like, so the above is only an interpretation. Jets of dirty particles spew from cracks in the surface – these are what make the comet's tail.

Title: Philae

Category: Hardware, Solar System

Medium: 3DS Max, Photoshop

Date: 2002

Client: Personal


67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko Philae Rosetta comet nucleus probe