Target of Rosetta Mission

March 4, 2015 2:21 AM

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Target of Rosetta Mission

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is seen here in an image captured by the Rosetta spacecraft. The mission's Philae lander hit the surface with a big bounce, demonstrating that the comet's surface is hard.

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is a small body visited by two spacecraft in 2014: the Rosetta orbiter and the Philae lander. The European Space Agency mission — usually collectively referred to as Rosetta — was the first to do extended observations of the comet.

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