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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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Three firsts planned for the Rosetta space mission

When the Rosetta spacecraft finally reaches comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, it will become the first space mission to:

  • Orbit a comet
  • Attempt a landing on a comet's surface
  • Follow a comet as it swings around the Sun

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