NEW YORK – Talk about playing hard to get -- the European Space Agency's Rosetta Probe has arrived at a comet following a 10-year chase. The probe was originally launched in March 2004 and a 220-pound landing device will descend on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (C-G) in November.
European Space Agency's Rosetta Probe.
Named after the Rosetta Stone, the engraved block instrumental in deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphics, scientists are hoping the C-G comet will provide provide answers to the makeup of the universe. Comets are frozen leftovers from the formation of the solar system, scientists say, and thus may contain valuable clues to Earth's origin.
Rosetta and its lander, Philae, will make observations through 2015 as the comet approaches the sun. C-G will still be 115 million miles from the sun at that time, and outside the orbit of Earth.
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