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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.

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