#AskRosetta - How was Philae's landing site chosen?

For new Rosetta followers, a quick recap of how Philae's landing sites were chosen, using our #AskRosetta short video format.

Published on Oct 16, 2014

Latest in our animation series answering your questions about ESA's Rosetta mission. In this video we answer the question: how was Philae's landing site chosen?

Scientists and engineers had to identify a site that offered a safe trajectory for Rosetta to deploy Philae to the surface, a good balance of day and night, frequent communications passes with the orbiter, and a low density of hazards like boulders and steep slopes.

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