7 August 2014
The ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft successfully reached orbit around the comet it had been traveling toward over the past ten years. The pair are now flying in tandem, with plans for a gentle landing on the comet in November. When the mission was first envisioned there were plans to bring back samples from the comet, but that plan was scrapped after NASA pulled out of a joint mission at an early stage. NASA still developed three of the 21 instruments aboard Rosetta and its Philae lander. Holger Sierks, principal investigator for Rosetta’s high-resolution camera, released new images of the comet during a news conference showing cliffs, deep shadows and also flat areas with boulders sitting on the surface. Over the next few months, the spacecraft will be looking for a safe place for Philae to land. (Image Credit: NASA)
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