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ESA Spacecraft to Land on a Cometi
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George Putic
July 28, 2014 8:19 PM
After a long flight through deep space, a European Space Agency probe is finally approaching its target -- a comet millions of kilometers away from earth. Scientists say the mission may lead to some startling discoveries about the origins of the water on earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.

ESA Spacecraft to Land on a Comet

George Putic

Published July 28, 2014

After a long flight through deep space, a European Space Agency probe is finally approaching its target -- a comet millions of kilometers away from earth. Scientists say the mission may lead to some startling discoveries about the origins of the water on earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.


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by: juan riv from: Charleston
July 29, 2014 7:43 PM
I'm glad they're performing this mission not only that is a mission explore traveling comets but it's also an example of how we are able to land on asteroids and comets in case of near Earth collision or of collisions. we are capable of destroying an asteroid prior to collision on earth.


by: Fauzi from: Bowling Green, KY
July 29, 2014 12:26 PM
An exciting presentation by George Putic!
I congratulate those people who began the imagination and then transfer the imagination to reality. No imagination, no dream, no reality.
What message they will end-up at the end of this mission we do not know yet, but surely it will bring an end of huge curiosity. Will drive to move for the next unknown.


by: Jimalo from: Zimbabwe
July 29, 2014 5:37 AM
While it is a very exciting feat by humankind, I still feel that this is going a little bit too far with violating nature. This is carelessness and this may result in this object (comet) losing control and eventually crushing or colliding with our one and only EARTH. LEAVE THAT COMET ALONE, HUMANS! IT'S NOT YOURS!


by: Anonymous
July 28, 2014 11:25 PM
Orbiting Rosetta around the comet will Ever-So-Slightly alter the trajectory of the comet. ... Let alone landing upon it.


by: paul schuster from: montana
July 28, 2014 11:13 PM
I never fail to marvel at the genius of my fellow humans. I wish I was involved in such a noble and intellectual endeavor. Kudos.


by: Roberto De Leon-Gonzalez from: Puerto Rico
July 28, 2014 10:14 PM
That is admirable! And to think that the landing probe will have to descend on a body with rather miniscule gravity of its own...