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Testing the Philae ground reference model



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Testing the Philae ground reference model
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The landing manoeuvre is tested using what is known as a ground reference model – a replica of the lander constructed from spare parts. Using this model and their software, researchers are able to simulate, not only the sequence of operations that will be carried out during the landing in November 2014, but the operations on the surface of the comet as well.
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