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110 | 111 EDUCATION & KNOWLEDGE PANORAMA EXCELLENT RESEARCH Rosetta mission The European Space Agency (ESA) is researching the history of how our solar system was formed. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) played a major role in building the Philae lander and runs the lander control centre which oversaw the daring landing on a comet, a task never before accomplished. Weight: Dimension: Landing: 100 kg 1 x 1 x 0.8 m 21 November 2014 Rosetta probe The probe travelled through space for ten years to install Philae on the Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet. Philae lander Philae lander Philae was the first device to soft-land on a comet. 6 cranes 9 hoists Neumayer Station III In the eternal ice of the Antarctic, the Alfred Wegener Institute maintains the Neumayer Station III, where researchers can live and work year-round. It is built on hydraulic supports and adapts to changes in snow cover. Mass: Size: Usable space: Laboratory/office: Living quarters: 2,300 tons 68 x 24 m 4,890 m2 on four levels 12 rooms 15 rooms, 40 beds 399 2.7 million € 79.7 billion 360,900 higher education institutes and universities students at higher education institutions spent on research and development researchers