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

The Planetary Society has inspired millions of people to explore other worlds and seek other life. With the mission to empower the world's citizens to advance space science and exploration, its international membership makes the non-governmental Planetary Society the largest space interest group in the world. Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray and Louis Friedman founded The Planetary Society in 1980. Bill Nye, a longtime member of The Planetary Society's Board, serves as CEO.