Published November 12, 2014

Rosetta

Touching down on a comet

<p> Rosetta has been travelling through the Solar System for 10 years. In 2014, it will catch up to comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko and will hang on to its coat-tails all the way from the frigid outer reaches of the solar system, near Jupiter, to the cauldron of the inner solar system and drop Philae, Rosetta's washing-machine-sized lander. It will drift down from the mother ship and latch on to the surface of the comet. Once settled, Philae will begin to reveal secrets about the solar system and maybe even give us clues about the origin of life.</p> <p> First, though, Rosetta must wake up.</p>