Philae's First Days on the Comet

  title={Philae's First Days on the Comet},
  author={J. Bibring and M. G. G. Taylor and C. Alexander and U. Auster and J. Biele and A. Finzi and F. Goesmann and G. Klingelhoefer and W. Kofman and S. Mottola and K. J. Seidensticker and T. Spohn and I. Wright},
  pages={493 - 493}
On 12 November 2014, Philae landed on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P), making an almost 30-year dream a reality. The pioneering flybys of 1P/Halley in 1986 revealed that despite being made primarily of ice, it was covered in highly absorbing carbonrich molecules. What is their composition? When did they form, and through which chemical routes? Might they have constituted prebiotic molecules necessary for life? At a larger scale, what can one learn from comets that has… Expand
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