‘Rosetta’ Comet Mission Makes History (LIVE UPDATES)

Today, on a frigid space rock half a billion kilometers from Earth, history will be made.

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta space probe has deployed its robotic lander Philae, which is now set to touch down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

SEPARATION CONFIRMED! Safe journey @Philae2014! pic.twitter.com/dsM5Xaedzp

— ESA Rosetta Mission (@ESA_Rosetta) November 12, 2014

If you’d like to follow the mission, mankind’s first-ever attempt to land a spacecraft on a comet, you can get real-time updates right here on our live blog.

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Philae will land on an area called Agilkia, using harpoons and screws to latch on to the surface.

Plans call for Philae to collect samples and take measurements of the comet to help determine its composition and origin. The comet, which is about four kilometers in diameter, is located halfway between the orbits of Jupiter and Mars.

Here to guide you along the way are HuffPost Science editors David Freeman, Jacqueline Howard, and Macrina Cooper-White. We encourage you to leave comments here and tweet your thoughts on this historic comet landing with the ESA’s official —> Read More Here

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