The Rosetta Spacecraft Is Humanity’s First Asteroid Lander

The Rosetta Spacecraft Is Humanity's First Asteroid Lander

While NASA’s asteroid-capturing mission remains grounded from a lack of Congressional funding, a similar and equally ambitious ESA program is nearing fruition. In the coming months, the Rosetta spacecraft and its integrated Philae probe will become the first manmade objects to not only orbit an asteroid but land on it as well. Here’s how they’ll do it.

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