Watch What Will Happen When We Land On a Comet

In the wake of today's announcement that a landing site has been chosen for Comet Churymov-Gerasimenko, the ESA has released a wicked cool, high-def animated sequence depicting the descent of the Philae probe and the deployment of its scientific instruments, starting with a 360-degree survey of its landing site.

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Because of the comet's extremely low gravity, ice screws in the probe's feet and a harpoon system will lock the probe to the surface. At the same time a thruster on top of the lander will push it down to counteract the force of the harpoon imparted in the opposite direction.

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Werner Herzog

We will recognize that our actions have no significance to the universe. That all our thoughts about the universe caring or manifesting things to us was a vain attempt at self-importance.

I can't wait for it to happen.