The spacecraft on track to catch a comet

August 6, 2014

The European spacecraft Rosetta is about to catch up with a comet. Ten years after launching, Rosetta will meet up with  67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko soon, take a trip with it around the sun, and, in November, hopefully land a probe on its surface.

Reuters reports that as the spacecraft has gotten closer, scientists have realized that the comet isn’t shaped like a rugby or American football, but more like a duck, with a long neck connecting two parts. They hope to learn more in November. The probe should allow scientists “to peek into a kind of astronomical time capsule that has preserved for millions of years clues about what the world looked like when our solar system was born.”


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