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5 Things You Need to Know about Rosetta, the Comet Chaser – The Countdown, Episode 40

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We’ve put robots on both the moon and mars, but scientists have never tried to soft-land a robot on a comet–until now. In this episode of The Countdown, we cover everything you need to know about the European Space Agency’s groundbreaking Rosetta mission.

More to explore:

Comet Craft Approaches Its Target (Nature)

Rosetta: To Chase a Comet (NASA)

#WakeUpRosetta Once Upon A Time… (ESA)

History of Cometary Missions (ESA)

Credits:
Host/writer: Sophie Bushwick
Story Advisors: Clara Moskowitz & Michael Moyer
Editor: Joss Fong
Producer: Eric R. Olson

About the Author: Joss is the video production intern at Scientific American and a graduate student in the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting program at New York University. Follow on twitter at @jossfong

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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    Very clear and to the point. Thank you SA!

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