Rosetta’s Target Comet Is Spotted

Rosetta’s Target Comet Is Spotted

Comet Churyumov Gerasimenko on 28 February 2014 node full image.jpg

Rosetta is a spacecraft that is due to rendezvous with a comet and take samples. The 4 kilometre wide comet is called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The comet has been hiding behind the Sun since 5th October 2013 but now has re-emerged. The image above was taken by the land based Very Large Telescope in Chile and will track the comet to help the ESA to adjust Rosetta’s flight path.

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Image by: ESO/C. Snodgrass (Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Germany) & O. Hainaut (ESO)

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