'We are on the comet'

n this November 10, 2014 handout photo illustration provided by the European Space Agency (ESA) the Rosetta probe (L) and Philae lander are pictured above the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet.
n this November 10, 2014 handout photo illustration provided by the European Space Agency (ESA) the Rosetta probe (L) and Philae lander are pictured above the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet.
While terrestrial events can disappoint, it's important to remember sometimes that humans are still capable of truly extraordinary accomplishments. Take today, for example, and this report from Alan Boyle.
Stefan Ulamec, Philae lander manager at the DLR German Aerospace Center, declared, "It is sitting on the surface. Philae is talking to us -- we are on the comet."
 
For more on this, our own Summer Ash took a closer look at the story a few days ago in our "Week in Geek" feature, and we'll have even more on tonight's show.
 
For now, here are some very happy folks at the European Space Agency who pulled off an amazing feat.