It’s Showtime For Historic Comet-Landing Mission, And Here’s How To Watch

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The countdown is on for the European Space Agency’s historic bid to land on a comet.

The agency’s Rosetta spacecraft is set to place its Philae robotic lander on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko no later than 11:02 a.m. EST on Wednesday.

Both vehicles remain in good shape for the mission, the BBC reported.

HuffPost Science will live-blog the comet landing on Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST. You can tweet your comments with the ESA’s official hashtag #CometLanding.

Philae is expected to take about seven hours to travel 14 miles from the Rosetta spacecraft to its landing site, named Agilkia. Plans call for Philae to explore the comet’s surface and collect samples–just check out this European Space Agency animation (above) showing how the mission will unfold.

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How big is the comet? Here are Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko’s dimensions, as shown by images taken by Rosetta’s OSIRIS camera on Aug. 19.

“The Philae lander is the first attempt to land a spacecraft on the surface of a comet nucleus,” Dr. Stanley Cowley, a University of Leicester planetary scientist who was involved —> Read More Here


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