Philae Lander Has Begun Drilling Into Comet’s Surface, ESA Says

Now that it’s safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency’s Philae lander is getting to work.

The lander has started drilling into the comet’s surface, though no scientific data is yet available, ESA scientists told the Associated Press.

As the lander’s official Twitter account explained:

Last night MUPUS hammered the penetrator into the ground. APXS also got to work! My team is currently checking how they did #CometLanding

— Philae Lander (@Philae2014) November 14, 2014

MUPUS refers to the lander’s multi-purpose sensor tool. APXS is the lander’s alpha proton x-ray spectrometer.

Check out the ESA video above for the latest on the Rosetta mission, including the status of the Philae lander.

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