Rosetta spacecraft confabs with a comet

Rosetta spacecraft confabs with a comet

After 10-year chase, ESA probe meets up with comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko

By Ashley Yeager, 16:14 PM August 6, 2014

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The Rosetta spacecraft has caught up with comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

The spacecraft has been chasing the comet for 10 years, and on August 6, the European Space Agency (ESA) released detailed images and data showing that the probe had come within 100 kilometers of the space rock and is ready to enter into orbit around it. The meeting marks the closest a spacecraft has come to a comet without slamming into it and could reveal whether the space rocks ferried water and other i...

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