- The first spacecraft to orbit a comet.
- The first spacecraft to fly alongside a comet as it entered the inner solar system.
- The first spacecraft to examine a frozen comet being warmed by the sun.
- The first mission to send a robotic lander to a comet's nucleus.
- The first images of a comet's surface.
At that point, the craft took the first photos of a comet's surface, which turned out to be quite breathtaking, as you can see below.
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The Rosetta mission, which was spearheaded by the European Space Agency, accomplished many historic firsts:
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Rosetta also took some stunning shots as it approached the comet, as shown above.
This image was taken in May 2015 using Rosett's navigation camera. It was taken from a distance of just under 140 kilometers from the comet's core.
But now, Twitter user @landru79 has put the icing on the cake by putting multiple images together to create a 1-second video that shows what it would be like to walk on the surface of the comet.
As you can see below, the results are incredible.
If you ask me, this almost looks like an old-time black and white silent movie from back in the day.
It's a little spooky, too, if I do say so myself.
Nevertheless, it's an impressive view of something that you and I will never get to see in real life!