‘Target locked': Comet mission eyes Wednesday landing

Paris (AFP) Nov 11, 2014

European scientists are gearing for the culmination of two decades’ work and a 1.3-billion-euro ($1.6-billion) bet with the first-ever landing on a comet on Wednesday.

In an operation fraught with peril, an unmanned science lab called Philae will detach from the European Space Agency (ESA) scout Rosetta and descend to a comet 510 million kilometres (318 million miles) from Earth.

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