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OSIRIS sees Philae multiple times during landing
The sharp-eyed OSIRIS camera on the Rosetta orbiter snapped numerous images of Philae as it descended toward its touchdown on the comet on November 12 at 15:34 UTC. Images documented the spacecraft rotating, and also saw evidence of the lander's touchdown on the comet surface. One final image, captured 9 minutes after the landing, sees the spacecraft bright against the shadowed surface, heading to the east on its first bounce.
Here, the positions of the spacecraft against the comet are plotted on wider views of the comet, to provide context.
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Original image data dated on or about November 12, 2014