141113-esa_philae_civa_20141113_1_6eaca11158d6cd80d535da2bc7e0ddc3_nbcnews-ux-1160-800The European Space Agency’s Philae lander sent back its first image Thursday after safely landing on the surface of a comet, marking the high point of a $1.3 billion, 10-year mission.  One of the lander’s three feet can be seen at lower left in the picture above. Mark McCaughrean, a scientific expert at the ESA, told NBC News that researchers were still analyzing the photo, but that it appeared to have been taken at a slight angle to the horizon of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. They hope to release a panoramic image later Thursday. At NBC News