Rosetta Mission Prepares For Daring Comet Landing
The 10-year Rosetta mission is reaching its most dangerous phase: deploying a fridge-sized lander to touch down on a comet.By Steven Sparkman | November 10, 2014
A mission that's sent a spacecraft more than 4 billion miles over 10 years is reaching its grand finale this week. We're now in the final hours before the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission will attempt to send a lander down to a comet.
You've probably heard of the Rosetta mission by now because, as space missions go, it's gotten a lot of publicity this year.
Rosetta woke up from a two-and-a-half-year hibernation in January, something the team wasn't 100 percent sure would actually happen. Video of the cheering, clapping, hugging scientists was shown around the web, including here.