Mission to Land On A Comet

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Some information on the ESA Rosetta spacecraft and its mission to land a probe named ‘Philae’ on the Comet ’67P’. The spacecraft was launched on 2 March 2004 on an Ariane 5 rocket and will reach the comet by mid 2014. The space probe is intended to orbit and perform long-term exploration of the comet at close quarters.

On 10 November 2014 the Philae lander will attempt to land and perform detailed investigations on the comet’s surface. Both the probe and the lander carry a large complement of scientific experiments designed to complete the most detailed study of a comet ever attempted.

ROSETTA: ESA's Mission to the Origin of the Solar System
ROSETTA: ESA’s Mission to the Origin of the Solar System
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