In that mission, Philae follows the Deep Impact probe, which did not include a lander.
The basic approach went as planned: after separating from the Rosetta orbiter, Philae coasted slowly to the comet surface.
UPDATE: Since publication yesterday, the Philae team learned that the probe bounced two times and apparently landed on its side.
For that reason, Rosetta and Philae might help us understand the chemical origins of life on Earth.
And in his affection for Philae there is, I think, nearly always a rainbow strain of romance.
The ancient Egyptians swore solemnly "By him who sleeps in Philae."
I saw the priest of Abydos night and day persecuting the maiden, who had taken refuge in a temple of Isis on the island of Philae.
Now, in all Egypt, and I suppose in all the world there is nothing just like Philae.
Onto this roof we scrambled, up a flight of steps, and found that we were not to have Philae to ourselves.
In Philae one is wrapped in a radiance of color and one can only dream.