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European Space Agency aiming for historic comet landing

Space engineers are making final preparations for the historic landing of an small probe on a comet more than 300 million miles (510 million km) from Earth.

The European Space Agency's Rosetta satellite will drop the probe on to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from an altitude of 20km.

It is hoped analysis of the comet will unlock clues about the origins of the solar system and life itself.

Pallab Ghosh reports.

  • 12 Nov 2014
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