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Rosetta Orbiter to Swoop Down On Comet in February


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Philae lander view of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

From the location where it came to rest after bounces, the Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission captured this view of a cliff on the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

The European Space Agency's orbiting Rosetta spacecraft is expected to come within four miles (six kilometers) of the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in February of next year. The flyby will be the closest the comet explorer will come during its prime mission.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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