On Wednesday probe Philae, deployed by Rosetta, made history by landing on the comet ‘67P’ and sending back photos of its surface.
While the stainless steel wheel may appear unremarkable to the untrained eye, it was the product of six months and thousands of pounds of research back in 1999, five years before Rosetta was launched into space.
Huddersfield firm Reliance Precision were among those celebrating the space exploration first on Wednesday after helping to build the Rosetta satellite.
The landmark victory was the latest in a timeline of space victories dating back to the 1940s, when a rocket entered outer space for the first time.
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