European comet mission gears up for tough probe landing

November 10, 2014 12:34 PM

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European comet mission gears up for tough probe landing

BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - European scientists will this week make the first attempt to land a probe on the surface of a comet, the climax of a decade-long project to unlock some of the secrets of the universe.

Spacecraft Rosetta caught up with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in August. On Tuesday night, the team at the European Space Agency (ESA) will decide whether to give the final go-ahead to release a lander from the craft.

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