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The Surreal Task of Landing on a Comet

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Philae's comet landing site

The top of the "duck's head" where Philae will attempt to land.

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM

On November 12th 2014 the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission will eject the small robotic lander Philae on a trajectory that should take it down to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (or 67P/C-P for short).

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