Subscribe Register Login

Friday, September 04, 2015, 2:53 a.m.
Top Picks - Mobile App

Comet chaser reaches target after 10-year chase

By The Associated Press

This article was published August 6, 2014 at 11:06 a.m.

DARMSTADT, Germany — After a journey of 4 billion miles, Europe’s unmanned Rosetta probe reached its destination Wednesday, a milestone in mankind’s first attempt to land a spacecraft on a comet.

The decade-long trip was successfully completed with a seven-minute thrust that allowed Rosetta to swing alongside comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko somewhere between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

The goal of the mission is to orbit 67P at a distance of 60 miles and observe the comet as it hurtles toward the sun. If all goes according to plan, Rosetta will attempt the unprecedented feat of dropping a lander onto a comet in November.

Read Thursday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for more.

ADVERTISEMENT

Comments on: Comet chaser reaches target after 10-year chase

To report abuse or misuse of this area please hit the "Suggest Removal" link in the comment to alert our online managers. Read our Terms of Use policy.

Subscribe Register Login

You must login to make comments.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Top Picks - Mobile App
Arkansas Online