11/12/2014 04:10 am ET Updated Nov 12, 2014

'Rosetta' Comet Mission Makes History (LIVE UPDATES)

Update: The European Space Agency received a signal from the Philae lander around 11 a.m. EST confirming that Philae has landed on the surface of the comet.

Today, on a frigid space rock half a billion kilometers from Earth, history will be made.

The European Space Agency's Rosetta space probe has deployed its robotic lander Philae, which is now set to touch down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

If you'd like to follow the mission, mankind's first-ever attempt to land a spacecraft on a comet, you can get real-time updates right here on our live blog.


Philae will land on an area called Agilkia, using harpoons and screws to latch on to the surface.

Plans call for Philae to collect samples and take measurements of the comet to help determine its composition and origin. The comet, which is about four kilometers in diameter, is located halfway between the orbits of Jupiter and Mars.

Here to guide you along the way are HuffPost Science editors David Freeman, Jacqueline Howard, and Macrina Cooper-White. We encourage you to leave comments here and tweet your thoughts on this historic comet landing with the ESA's official hashtag #CometLanding.

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Thank you for joining us in witnessing this historic #CometLanding! Scroll down to enjoy some of the highlights from mankind's first-ever attempt to land a spacecraft on a comet.

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Rosetta mission team cheers after confirming that they received a signal from Philae on the surface of the comet.

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A scientist wears a t-shirt depicting the European Space Agency's (ESA) robot craft Philae in the scientific mission observation centre of the French space agency Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) in Toulouse, southern France.

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