Historic comet landing set to be shared by Loughborough College Space students

After a mission which began ten years ago, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta space probe lander separated early this morning, November 12, and seven hours later will touch down on Comet 67P. If successful, this will be the first time a probe has ever landed on a comet.
Students on the Loughborough College Space Engineering 16+ programme, launched in association with the National Space Academy, are hoping to see the moment of touchdown, captured on live link up to the National Space Centre, when the landing gear will absorb the forces while ice screws in each of the probe’s feet and a harpoon system locks Philae to the surface. At the same time, a thruster will push it down to counteract the impulse of the harpoon.