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How to watch live humanity's first attempt at landing on a comet

Wednesday, Nov. 12 will either be history-making or heart-breaking. That day will be the culmination of a ten-year project that has already taught us much about our solar system.

Rosetta comet probe team narrows landing site to five locations

The European Space Agency's Rosetta Comet mission has chosen five likely landing sites for its Philae's lander on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The lander is scheduled to descend down to the comet's nucleus in November.

ESA's Rosetta probe enters orbit at Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet

Paris - The European Space Agency’s (ESA) comet-chaser mission, already 10 years in transit, has rendezvoused with its target the 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko comet. The ESA Rosetta probe enters orbit around the comet today, Wednesday.
 

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Artist s concept of the Rosetta mission s Philae lander on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasi...
Artist's concept of the Rosetta mission's Philae lander on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
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The other side of the comet imaged on August 3rd  2014 from a distance of 285 kilometers.
The other side of the comet imaged on August 3rd, 2014 from a distance of 285 kilometers.
ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team
This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko shows the diversity of surface structures on the comet...
This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko shows the diversity of surface structures on the comet's nucleus. It was taken by the Rosetta spacecraft's navigation camera on August 7, 2014. At the time, the spacecraft was 65 miles (104 kilometers) away from the 2.5 mile (4 kilometer) wide nucleus.
NASA/JPL-Caltech / Image by ESA/Rosetta/MPS
This annotated image depicts four of the five potential landing sites for the Rosetta mission s Phil...
This annotated image depicts four of the five potential landing sites for the Rosetta mission's Philae lander.
NASA/JPL-Caltech / Image by ESA/Rosetta/MPS

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