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EarthSky // Science Wire, Space Release Date: Aug 11, 2014

Video: Rosetta’s race to map its comet

Last week, Rosetta became the first spacecraft ever to rendezvous with a comet. Now the spacecraft is in a race against time. Rosetta’s next challenges, here.

Last week, ESA’s Rosetta mission accomplished the first-ever comet rendezvous. That is, it’s the first spacecraft ever to fly alongside a comet, which it will continue to do for the coming year. Now the mission is in a race against time to prepare maps and collect data before the mission’s Philae lander is sent down to the surface of the comet this November. In this edition of the television program Euronews Space – released today (August 11, 2014) – learn how Rosetta’s scientists are learning in real time to orbit in order to catch Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko at various angles, plus how Rosetta sees its target, and what the mission means to the world.

Thank you Daniel Fischer (@cosmos4u) for pointing our this video on Twitter!