The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft made a successful fly-by of asteroid Lutetia on July 10-11, but its real target is comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. It will rendezvous with the comet in 2014, mapping it and studying it. It will then accompany the comet for months, from near the orbit of Jupiter down to its closest approach to the Sun.
In November 2014, Rosetta will deploy a mini-spacecraft called Philae to land on the comet’s nucleus.
This video was made just before Rosetta’s fly-by of Lutetia.
Adapted from information issued by Euronews / ESA.
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