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Fraser
2003-Jul-08, 10:04 PM
SUMMARY: The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission will be the first spacecraft to ever orbit and then land on a distant comet. Scheduled for launch on board an Ariane-5 rocket as early as January 22, the spacecraft will rendezvous with Comet Wirtanen in 2011. There is some uncertainty about the launch, however, because of a booster accident with an enhanced Ariane-5 last month. The spacecraft must launch by the end of January if it's to meet up with Wirtanen; otherwise, a new objective will have to be selected.


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