It is the first time that a manmade object lands on a comet. The lander has been described as a three-legged object, the size of a washing machine. A team of experts at Uppsala University is involved in the project and have followed the progress of the landing very closely.
After Philea started to communicate from the surface of the comet, just after 5 pm, Swedish Radio's Science department reported of a mixture of "joy, relief and slight shock" among the scientists in Uppsala.
Radio Sweden spoke to Anders Eriksson from the Swedish Institute of Space Physics as the team was still waiting waiting for the craft to touchdown.
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