Rosetta mission lands Philae probe on comet

November 24, 2014 1:40 AM

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Rosetta mission lands Philae probe on comet

In the vastness of space, comets hurtle through our solar system as clouds of dust and ice, producing vibrant tails when heated by the sun. Comets have always intrigued astronomers by making fleeting appearances. Ancient stargazers would only see a particular comet once in a lifetime, and originally believed them to be harbingers of doom.

On Nov. 12, the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta Mission pushed the limits of scientific exploration by making the first attempt to land on a comet’s surface. Additionally, scientists designed their probe to collect and analyze samples from the comet that could potentially provide insight into ...

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