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Photos: Europe's Rosetta Comet Mission in Pictures

Still from Animated GIF Shows Philae's Descent

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Rosetta’s OSIRIS camera observed Philae lander's descent to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Nov. 12, 2014. This image comes from an animated gif. [See Space.com's full coverage.]

Rosetta Mission Crew's Philae Celebration

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The Rosetta mission crew celebrated the successful landing of Philae on comet 67P, at the European Operations Space Center in Darmstadt, Germany on Nov. 12, 2014. [See Space.com's full coverage.]

Rosetta Comet Arrival Event at ESOC

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Rosetta comet arrival event at ESOC, Darmstadt, on Aug. 6, 2014. Read the full story.

ESA Staff Celebrate Philae Landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

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ESA staff members at ESA's European Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, Germany, celebrate the landing of Philae probe on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Nov. 12, 2014. [See Space.com's full coverage.]

Philae Lander Google Doodle

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Google website presented a "Google Doodle" honoring ESA's Philae lander on Nov. 12, 2014, the day it descended from Rosetta spacecraft to land on Comet 67P. [See Space.com's full coverage.]

Rosetta Mission Crew Exultation After Philae Touchdown

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The Rosetta mission crew celebrated the successful landing of Philae on comet 67P, at the European Operations Space Center in Darmstadt, Germany on Nov. 12, 2014. [See Space.com's full coverage.]

Philae Celebration with Plush Toy

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he Rosetta mission crew celebrated the successful landing of Philae on comet 67P, at the European Operations Space Center in Darmstadt, Germany on Nov. 12, 2014. [See Space.com's full coverage.]

Rosetta Mission Crew Observing Philae Touchdown on Monitors

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The Rosetta mission crew celebrated the successful landing of Philae on comet 67P, at the European Operations Space Center in Darmstadt, Germany on Nov. 12, 2014. [See Space.com's full coverage.]

Rosetta Mission Crew Observes Philae Touchdown

ESA/J.Mai

The Rosetta mission crew celebrated the successful landing of Philae on comet 67P, at the European Operations Space Center in Darmstadt, Germany on Nov. 12, 2014. [See Space.com's full coverage.]

First Photo CIVA Philae Landing

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This photo from the Philae lander shows ESA's Rosetta spacecraft as seen from the lander during its descent to a comet's surface on Nov. 12, 2014. [See Space.com's full coverage.]

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