The study of the Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet, now being carried out by the European Space Agency, will help us understand how life began on Earth. The project also includes the development of technologies that will send people to Mars and will study the possibility of changing the orbits of dangerous asteroids. The comet was discovered in 1969 by Klim Churyumov and graduate student Svetlana Gerasimenko. Churyumov spoke to RIR about his discovery and about the Rosetta mission's significance for mankind.
RIR: How do you evaluate the Rosetta mission in the context of the Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet?