European Space Agency set for historic comet landing attempt

November 12, 2014 7:00 AM

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BERLIN – A historic attempt to land a spacecraft on a comet is poised to be set in motion Wednesday by scientists at the European Space Agency, despite a last-minute problem with the landing system.

It would be the climax of a decade-long mission to study a 4 kilometer (2.5 mile) wide lump of dust and ice known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. It will also be the end of the decade-long, 6.4 billion-kilometer (4 billion-mile) journey that Rosetta and its sidekick lander Philae traveled together to ...

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