Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Rosetta Craft Contacts Churyumov–Gerasimenko Comet


On August 6th, the ESA's Rosetta spacecraft successfully rendezvoused with the Churyumov–Gerasimenko Comet. Nice going ESA! The comet's furthest point from the sun is somewhere out between Mars and Jupiter, which is where it is now. It's closest approach to the sun will find it between Earth and Mars, so it isn't exactly next door. Quite the accomplishment. In the next few months Rosetta will send a lander down to the surface. Right now ESA is trying to figure out which landing area on the comet would be best.

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