Switzerland conquers outer space

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Bern – A number of Swiss companies have contributed to today’s planned landing of the Philae lander spacecraft on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

The Philae lander was released into space by the Rosetta spacecraft and will attempt to study the composition and structure of the comet nucleus material, explains a press release from the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation.

A number of Swiss institutes participated in the European Space Agency (ESA) mission including the University of Bern, the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM), the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) and Fisba Optik from St. Gallen. Realtechnologie AG from the Canton of Zurich also contributed to the project.

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Updated on November 27, 2014 5:46 PM