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Touchdown! Hear the sound Philae made as it landed on a comet
Touchdown! Hear the sound Philae made as it landed on a comet

Listen to this! When the Rosetta spacecraft’s Philae lander landed on the surface of a comet last week, it actually recorded the sound of its feet meeting the comet for the first time – and now you can hear it too. The two-second impact recording may sound like a mere moment in the long drama of the European Space Agency mission’s Nov. 12 landing on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. But there’s loads of information that scientists say they have pulled from that simple crunchy thud. The three-legged lander’s ears are in its feet: The sound was recorded by the Cometary Acoustic Surface Sounding Experiment (CASSE), which uses sensors at the ends of...

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