Rosetta's decade of exploration

August 8, 2014 9:23 PM

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Rosetta's ten-year journey from the launch pad to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko took the spacecraft by planets and asteroids, offering a preview of the probe's capabilities and whetting the appetites of researchers waiting for the mission's scientific payoff.

Like a cosmic billiard ball, Rosetta zipped by Earth three times and Mars once, receiving gravitational boosts to bend the spacecraft's trajectory to reach its comet destination.

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