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Rosetta chases the secrets of life in space

7 August 2014 Last updated at 12:21 BST

Scientists have commenced a historic study of a comet that could unlock some of the secrets to the origins of life in our Solar System.

After a journey lasting more than a decade, the Rosetta probe is now escorting Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in a powered orbit, looping around the icy body as the comet itself orbits the sun at 34,000 mph.

The spacecraft will accompany the comet for the next year and send a landing module in November.

Pallab Ghosh reports.

This report was originally published on 6 August 2014

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