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Rosetta Probe Sees Target Comet Quiet Down (Photo)

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA
The comet targeted by a European spacecraft has calmed onsiderably, just as the probe's chase enters the home stretch. Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, with which the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe will rendezvous in early August, sported a big dust cloud around its core in April and May. But photos taken by Rosetta's scientific camera on June 4 show no signs of such activity, and other observations reveal that the comet's brightness has dropped off as well, researchers said. [Read the full story here.]   Less «
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