churyumov-gerasimenko

churyumov-gerasimenko

Rosetta Mission: Investigating Comets

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Join Exploratorium scientist Paul Doherty, as he illuminates the most primitive objects in the Solar System: Comets. Comets carry essential information about our origins, their chemical compositions have not changed much since their formation, therefore reflecting that of the Solar System when it was very young and still 'unfinished', more than 4600 million years ago. By orbiting Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and landing on it, Rosetta will allow us to reconstruct the history of our own neighbourhood in space. The ESA's comet-chaser, Rosetta, will be the first to undertake a lengthy exploration of a comet at close quarters. After entering orbit around Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014, Rosetta will release its Philae small lander onto the icy nucleus where it will make the most detailed study of a comet ever attempted.