The European Space Agency (ESA) landed a probe named Philae on a comet for the first time in human history this week. It took 10 years for Rosetta to reach comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
One of the objectives of the mission to to learn about the origin and of the solar system and possibly life on Earth. Scientists also want to observe the comet’s nucleus and coma from close range. This mission will give them the opportunity to study the changes in cometary activity when its closest to the sun and when it leaves the inner solar system.
Sometimes it’s easy to criticize our species for its mistakes and weaknesses. But accomplishments like these remind me that homo sapiens are capable of amazing endeavors: