The Rosetta spacecraft will attempt another historic milestone when it tries to become the first vehicle to land on a comet, according to the vessel's operations manager.
The European Space Agency's Sylvain Lodiot said many as five possible landing sites will be identified on comet 67P/C-G before an attempt to land the craft is conducted in November.
He said: “Arriving at the comet is really only just the beginning of an even bigger adventure."
He added: “Over the next few months, in addition to characterising the comet nucleus and setting the bar for the rest of the mission, we will begin final preparations for another space history first: landing on a comet.”
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