It took 12 years for the Rosetta spacecraft to reach comet 67P more than 300 million miles away from Earth. Now we can enjoy the spectacular spoils of that mission.
Rosetta’s Philae lander successfully touched down on the comet’s surface, a cosmic first, on Nov. 12. Philae spent more than two days conducting experiments before its solar-powered battery ran out of juice. The images here were taken by Rosetta and Philae before and after the comet landing. They depict a previously unexplored part of the universe, the true revelations from which are yet to be revealed. (via These close-up photos of a comet from the Rosetta-Philae mission will touch your soul – Quartz)