Comet Landing Site Gets a Proper Name

November 4, 2014 7:09 PM

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The site where the Rosetta spacecraft's Philae lander will make history later this month finally has a name. And despite the fact that this name was chosen by the public, it's not quirky or clever, it's just plain appropriate.

On Nov. 12 the Philae lander will touch down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, marking the first time in history that a human-made robot will make contact with a comet as it hurtles through space. The spot where this historic landing will occur, initially known as "Site J," was officially confirme...

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