Rosetta approaches comet 67P for a closer look

February 14, 2015 10:39 AM

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The Rosetta spacecraft neared its comet Saturday, targeting a close flyby within four miles of the tiny world’s jagged nucleus to gain new up-close views of the comet and taste the growing vaporous cloud surrounding it.

The flyby is a turning point in the mission, expected to yield unrivaled data from closer to the comet than Rosetta has been before. It also signals the start of a new phase of Rosetta’s study of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, where the spacecraft will fly farther from the comet for its passage cl...

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