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Rosetta Spacecraft with Philae Lander on Comet Artist Impression

Credit: ESA–C. Carreau/ATG medialab
The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft launched in 2004 on a 10-year mission to visit Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as it makes its way through…Read More »





the inner solar system. The spacecraft is designed to orbit the comet and drop the Philae lander on the icy object to study the building blocks of our solar system. Rosetta was due to wake up from a 31-month hibernation on Jan. 20, 2014. See photos from the mission in this SPACE.com gallery.

This image: In August 2014, the ESA's Rosetta Spacecraft will rendezvous with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and deploy its Philae lander, as seen in this artist's impression. [Read the Full Story Here.]   Less «
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