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Rosetta Will Launch in a Month - Universe Today
In one month from now, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft will finally head into space on board an Ariane 5 rocket to journey to and land on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The spacecraft will take 10 years to reach the comet, after a billiard ball journey through the solar system, passing Mars and Earth three times before finally reaching its target in 2014. It will orbit the comet for six months and then select a landing site. Once on the "ground", Rosetta will take photographs, and drill into the crust to take samples of the ice and gasses that make up the comet.