Rosetta's target comet is releasing dust and gas, images show

05/16/2014 | Nature (free content)

The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft is moving closer to its target comet, snapping images of the comet as it releases gas and dust and moves closer to the sun. Rosetta aims to set its lander, Philae, on the surface of 67P-Churyumov–Gerasimenko in November to conduct experiments. Philae's instruments have been activated and it has already found that the comet takes 20 minutes less than what was once thought for a full rotation.

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