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Austrian Technology Aids in Comet Landing

On November 12 the European Space Agency lander Philae touched down on the Comet 67P, becoming the first spacecraft to ever land on a comet. The Austrian Space Research Institute developed the lander's anchor and two sensors within MUPUS, which are integrated into the anchor tips. The instruments indicate the temperature variations and the shock acceleration.The purpose of the lander is to now transmit data from the surface about the comet's composition. Researchers are particularly interested in this landing due to the unique information they now have access to with the comet, being that the Philae now sits on leftovers from the solar system’s construction 4.6 billion years ago. 

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