Big Space and Science Event Happening Tomorrow

August 5, 2014 at 3:53 PM Leave a comment

I can’t wait to see what happens with this:

Rosetta space probe via wikipedia

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A spacecraft that has spent ten years chasing a comet in the hope of discovering more how the solar system formed and what caused life on Earth to start will intercept its quarry on Wednesday.

The European-built Rosetta probe is due to swing into an orbit around a 2.5 mile wide comet today after travelling more than four billion miles through space since it was launched in 2004.

The three-tonne spacecraft will circle the icy comet, known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as it travels at 34,175mph around the sun before attempting the first landing on a comet later this year.

Scientists hope the mission will be able to reveal new insights into the volatile and icy environment on the surface of the comet, which is part of the remnants of debris that helped to form the solar system more than four billion years ago.

It is also believed that the icy and dust that makes up the comet may hold secrets to help explain how life may have first began on Earth.

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