Small WA Town of New Norcia Waiting for Rosetta’s Landing on a Comet in November

August 8, 2014 12:03 PM

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Workers at a West Australian ground are keeping their focus right over the Rosetta spacecraft mission to ensure things operate smoothly. They did not celebrate much after Rosetta finally reached at its destination, a comet, after completing a journey of 10 years and distance of 6.4-billion kilometers as they don't want to be complacent. It seems that the mission will be really successful for them when the spacecraft places a lander on the surface of the comet, 67-P, in November.

Currently, Rosetta is moving alongside the comet and the distance between them is within 100 miles. The Deep Space Ground Station in the small town of New Norcia, 150 kilometers north of Perth, is the primary contact point of the spacecraft.

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