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Photos: Europe's Rosetta Comet Mission in Pictures

Crowd Waits for Rosetta Probe's Arrival

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The crowd waits for Rosetta's arrival at Comet 67P on Aug. 6, 2014 Read the Full Story Here.

3D Printed Comet

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An ESA scientist holds up a 3D model of Comet 67P during a webcast about the Rosetta probe on Aug. 6, 2014. Rosetta will learn more about the shape and composition of the comet.Read the Full Story Here.

Diagram of the Rosetta Spacecraft

By Karl Tate, Infographics Artist

The two-part Rosetta spacecraft is designed to orbit and land on the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November 2014. See how the Rosetta spacecraft works in this Space.com infographic.

Comet 67P from 1,200 Miles Away

ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft saw the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimernko from a distance of 1,210 miles (1,950 kilometers). Image taken July 29, 2014. Read the Full Story Here.

Rosetta Spies Comet 67P

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Rosetta took the comet’s temperature using its infrared spectrometer and determined that the comet is too hot to be covered in ice. Read the Full Story Here.

Rosetta's Comet Up Close

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Ground-based studies revealed that the comet’s surface is not very reflective, suggesting that it probably is not coated in ice.

Rosetta's Comet: Imaging the Coma

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Rosetta spacecraft viewed the coma of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which covers an area about 90 miles (150 kilometers). The image was obtained on July 25, 2014.

Closing In On a Comet

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ESA released the most detailed image yet of comet 67P/C-G captured by the Rosetta spacecraft on Aug. 3, just 300 kilometers (186 miles) away from the comet.

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on July 14, 2014 (Processed View)

ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Rosetta spacecraft imaged Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on July 14, 2014, from a distance of approximately 7,450 miles (12,000 km). This image has been processed using "sub-sampling by interpolation," to remove pixelation.

Comet 67P/C-G Imaged on July 14, 2014

ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Comet 67P/C-G was imaged by Rosetta spacecraft on July 14, 2014, from a distance of approximately 7,450 miles (12,000 km).

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