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Image of the Rosetta spacecraft taken by its lander Philae, while the two were in orbit around comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (top centre). Rosetta was launched in March 2004 on a 10 year mission to study this comet. It is the first mission designed to land on a comet. It rendezvoused with the comet on 6th August 2014. Rosetta is carrying instruments to map the comet's surface and probe its core, as well as the Philae lander. Philae, which successfully landed on the comet on 12th November 2014, will perform detailed analysis of the comet's surface, giving an insight into conditions during the formation of the solar system some 4.6 billion years ago. Image taken at a distance of 16 kilometres from the comet's surface on 7th October 2014.
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