After 10 years of hard work, the Rosetta mission made history by landing on the surface of a comet. The lander Philae touched down on the surface of a comet more than 300 million miles away. (European Space Agency)


For the next 24 hours or so, you can bite your nails right along with scientists from the European Space Agency and NASA as they attempt to drop a robotic probe onto a comet for the first time ever. You can read more about the mission here.

[Updated: Landing details]

The video above will stream live from mission control in Germany until 2 p.m. Wednesday. There's a viewing schedule on the ESA's Web site, subject to change of course. The team has already sailed through the first go/no-go decision point, but there are several left before the planned landing. Between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday night, two more decisions will take place.

Here are Wednesday's highlights:

1:00 a.m. Eastern time -- The team will make their final go/no-go decision, leading to final preparations for the separation of the Rosetta spacecraft and the Philae lander.

4:03 a.m. Eastern time -- The scheduled separation.

7 a.m. Eastern time -- The first pictures from Philae are expected at this time. Mission control should also give an update on the data it's collecting during its descent.

9 a.m. Eastern time -- Mission control will undertake the final preparations for the landing, and much nail-biting will commence.

11 a.m. Eastern time (plus or minus 15 minutes) -- With any luck, the probe will land (hopefully upright) on the comet.

12 p.m. Eastern time (at the earliest) -- Mission control will present the first panoramic image taken of the comet, assuming Philae has landed successfully.


Good luck, Rosetta team!