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Philae found!

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Philae found! A close-up on the Philae lander, wedged into a crevice on comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, with context images from OSIRIS and Navcam. Nearly two years after landing, this image provided the first definitive information on the landing location. The image of the lander was taken September 2, 2016; a Navcam image taken April 16, 2015 (top right) shows global context.

ESA / Rosetta / MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS / UPD / LAM / IAA / SSO / INTA / UPM / DASP / IDA; ESA / Rosetta / NavCam

Many features on the lander are clearly visible.

Philae lander parts, labeled
Philae lander parts, labeled

Original image data dated on or about September 2, 2016.

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