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Rosetta spacecraft catches icy comet after 10-year journey

A European spacecraft has arrived at a comet more than 250 million miles away - bringing a 10-year journey across the solar system to an end.

Since launching in March 2004, Rosetta has travelled more than four billion miles across the asteroid belt and more than five times the Earth's distance from the Sun.

Rosetta has now entered orbit around the comet.

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Rosetta spacecraft 'very close' to arrival at comet

The European Space Agency's Rosetta Mission has written on its official Twitter page:

In November, Rosetta will deploy a small robotic lander, Philae, which will steer itself onto the comet's surface before sending images and data on the object's composition back to Earth.

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