With every passing year the world around us grows, and our understanding of its history widens. In 2014, this included everything from a probe landing on a comet to the detection of ancient monuments underneath Stonehenge’s Salisbury plain. Here are some of the definitive scientific discoveries of the year, just in case you missed them.
ESA Probe Lands On Comet
One of the first pictures sent back from comet 67P. Source: Wired
On November 12th, the Philae lander launched by The European Space Agency (ESA) came to rest on the comet known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, ten years after leaving Earth for its mission. Even though the lander went into hibernation in an unknown shadowed area, it is still collecting information and has sent back a precious few pictures via the orbiting Rosetta spacecraft’s camera, OSIRIS. Along with the images, we have learned that the comet contains carbon, one of the basic building blocks for life on Earth.