The Planetary Society Applauds ESA, Celebrates Philae Landing

For Immediate Release
November 12, 2014

Erin Greeson
Phone: +1-626-793-5100

Pasadena, CA (November 12, 2014) -- In response to today's historic successful Philae landing, the space science community's first landing on a comet, The Planetary Society issued the following statement from director of science and technology Bruce Betts.

"The first comet landing is a historic space exploration accomplishment with great science potential," said Planetary Society director of science and technology Dr. Bruce Betts. "On behalf of The Planetary Society and all our members, congratulations to ESA and to the Philae and Rosetta teams for making the stuff of dreams come true."

Senior editor Emily Lakdawalla is reporting on location in Darmstadt, Germany, at the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC). For real-time reporting and mission updates, visit Emily Lakdawalla's Planetary Society Blog and follow her on Twitter @elakdawalla.

About The Planetary Society

With a global community of more than 2 million space enthusiasts, The Planetary Society is the world’s largest and most influential space advocacy organization. Founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman and today led by CEO Bill Nye, we empower the public to take a meaningful role in advancing space exploration through advocacy, education outreach, scientific innovation, and global collaboration. Together with our members and supporters, we’re on a mission to explore worlds, find life off Earth, and protect our planet from dangerous asteroids. To learn more, visit