Despite Difficult Landing, Europe’s Comet-Chasing Mission Is Historic

Credit: ESA
After more than three decades of space exploration, Europe has racked up its share of noteworthy solo successes, but none so spectacular as the Rosetta mission’s Nov. 12 touchdown of the small robotic Philae lander on the surface of a comet. Circling the Sun 500 million km from Earth, hurtling...

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