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.

View all 21 updates ›

Rosetta 'the sexiest space mission there's ever been'

Rosetta is "the sexiest space mission there's ever been," according to one of the European Space Agency's scientists.

"The science is shaping up wonderfully," Rosetta project scientist Matt Taylor said.

More top news