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PHOTO: Space probe lands on comet

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The photo taken at about 2.5 miles away from the comet (PHOTO: ESA) The photo taken at about 2.5 miles away from the comet (PHOTO: ESA)
SPOKANE, Wash. - The first photo from the Rosetta Space probe, which made history by landing on a speeding comet Tuesday, has been released. 


The image was taken from the European Space Agency's Philae lander during decent and shows the dusty surface of the comet from about 2.5 miles away. The probe was launched into space about ten years ago. 


Landing on the comet required extreme precision during a tense 7 hour countdown as the probe and comet flew through space at 41,000 miles per hour. Scientists could nothing but watch has it was impossible to send instructions in real time.


So what's next?


The spacecraft will now accompany the comet as it races past the sun and becomes increasingly active in rising temperatures. Scientists have said comets are like time capsules in our solar system and hope to use them to explain the origins and evolution of celestial bodies. 

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