Rosetta Reaches its Destination after 10 Years

August 11, 2014 1:10 PM

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Rosetta Reaches its Destination after 10 Years

The European Space Agency's Rosetta finally arrived at its destination 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after traveling for 10 years and covering four billion miles. "After 10 years, five months and four days travelling towards our destination, looping around the sun five times and clocking up 6.4 billion kilometers, we are delighted to announce finally we are here", said Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA's Director General.

The comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and Rosetta are currently 252 million miles (405 million kilometers) from Earth. The distance between the comet and Rosetta is 62 miles now. Rosetta will fly in two triangular-shaped trajectories in front of the comet over the next few weeks.

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