TORONTO – It’s not Bruce Willis landing on an asteroid, but it’s still pretty exciting.
On Aug. 6, the Rosetta spacecraft, a joint mission by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) will reach its final destination: Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, which is also being nicknamed the “rubber duckie” comet based on recent images.
I was told our target comet looked like a ball or a potato – nobody said anything about a rubber duck… quack! pic.twitter.com/IGVB1ZMQ8i
— Philae Lander (@Philae2014) July 18, 2014
As of Tuesday, Rosetta was about 2,000 km from the icy body.
This isn’t any run-of-the-mill mission: Rosetta will be the first mission to actually send a probe to hitch a ride on the comet.
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