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Comet Lander, Firefighters Execute Dazzling Feats Above The Earth

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The ESA released this composite panoramic image showing Philae's surroundings on Comet 67P. To illustrate the lander's orientation, the agency superimposed a sketch of the craft. ESA Rosetta/Philae/CIVA hide caption

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The Philae lander took this photo of its descent onto comet 67P Wednesday, when it was about 3 kilometers from the surface. The landing site is seen with a resolution of about 3 meters per pixel. ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS hide caption

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