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This is a comet named 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. A satellite called Rosetta rendezvoused with it today, Aug. 6, after traveling 4 billion miles for more than 10 years.
The European Space Agency craft now sits 62 miles from the icy 2.5-mile-long comet (see a visualization of the mission here) about midway between Mars and Jupiter. The two will travel together on the comet’s orbit as it approaches the sun.
Rosetta, which also includes a number of NASA instruments, will for the first time in history study a comet up close, put a lander on the surface and monitor changes as it approaches the sun. Among other science to be done, the craft’s Philae lander will drill almost 8 inches into 67P, another first.
On behalf of the citizens of Earth, congratulations NASA, ESA, and everyone outside of these organizations responsible for the successful construction, launch, deployment, 10 year navigation, and implementation into orbit/rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko!!! Next up….Philae’s incredible in-situ performance upon reaching (and attaching itself to) the surface of that rocky beast :)