Rosetta makes its rendezvous with a comet

After 10 years and six billion kilometers, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft finally caught up with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. It will study this tiny comet for the next fifteen months including a historic event in November when the Rosetta spacecraft will deploy its small robotic lander (Philae) to land on the rock and ice made comet. The Rosetta lander will take samples from the comet and help investigate the composition and history of the comet. The mission will also study the comet as it makes its journey around the Sun. This footage is from the ESA’s ┬ámission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

Comet surface - ESA
Up close view of the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken by the Rosetta spacecraft.