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Photos: Europe's Rosetta Comet Mission in Pictures

Rosetta Mission Crew Congratulations 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 Lander Seen by Rosetta Spacecraft

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ESA's Rosetta spacecraft sent back this image of Philae lander as it descended towards Comet 67P-CG on Nov. 12, 2014. This image was taken at maximum zoom. [See Space.com's full coverage.]

Officials Celebrate Philae Landing

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Officials at ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany, celebrate the landing of Philae probe on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Nov. 12, 2014. [See Space.com's full coverage.]

Philae Celebration at ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany

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Gathered officials celebrate Philae lander arriving on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Nov. 12, 2014. [See Space.com's full coverage.]

Philae Lander Seen by Rosetta Spacecraft

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ESA's Rosetta spacecraft sent back this image of Philae lander as it descended towards Comet 67P-CG on Nov. 12, 2014. [See Space.com's full coverage.]

Philae Lander Seen by Rosetta Spacecraft

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Philae lander appears as a bright dot in this wide-angle image transmitted by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft on Nov. 12, 2014. [See Space.com's full coverage.]

Rosetta Comet 'Selfie'

ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

This stunning view comes from camera aboard Rosetta's lander, Philae, obtained this image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Oct. 7, 2014. Rosetta's solar arrays appear in the foreground. Read the full story.

Ovation for Philae Lander

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The crowd assembled at ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany, applauds the announcement of Philae lander's arrival at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Nov. 12, 2014. [See Space.com's full coverage.]

Rosetta Sees Philae

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Scientists display a somewhat blurry image taken of the Philae lander as it descends to a comet's surface on Nov. 12, 2014. The Rosetta spacecraft's CIVA instrument took the image. [See Space.com's full coverage.]

Comet 67P from 64 Miles

ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM

Rosetta spacecraft's navigation camera (NAVCAM) obtained this image of comet 67P/C-G on August 12, 2014, at a distance of about 64 miles (103 km).

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