ROSETTA’s decade-long mission to Comet 67P/ChuryumovGerasimenko following its launch in 2004 is fast approaching its climax. In January this year (2014) the spacecraft exited a phase of hibernation and began to gear up for its ultimate landing (the lander Philae) on the comet’s surface. The imaging of the nucleus accomplished to date has revealed a smallish sized comet of average diameter 4km rotating with a period of 12.7 hours. Further results of the mission as they emerge will watched with eager anticipation, in particular for signs of any connections that might relate to our own origins.
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