New concerns for Rosetta mission after historic comet landing (+ photos)

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After a historic but rocky landing, Rosetta's Philae probe has sent back its first images from a faraway comet - but the flow of images may not last.

After landing on the comet, Philae bounced twice before resting in the shadow of a cliff, limiting the sunlight needed to charge its battery system.

However Philae's team say they are continuing to receive "great data" from several different instruments on board the lander and hope to learn about the origins of our planet and solar system.

The black-and-white pictures of a rocky surface sent back from Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko are the product of an astonishing feat of science and sophisticated imaging technology.

The crisp images released today have come from 500 million kilometres away.

The washing machine-sized lander has a close-up camera on its underside and is also mounted with seven high-definition micro-cameras, each weighing just 100 grams.

The cameras are designed to endure temperatures as low as minus 150 Celsius and arranged to capture 360-degree panoramas of the comet's surface.

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