(New Scientist) "Rosetta is the sexiest space mission that has ever been," said European Space Agency mission scientist Matt Taylor. He was speaking as the Rosetta probe finally arrived at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after a ten-year mission.
Others were scarcely more reserved. "It is the most crazy bonkers superstar comet in the solar system," said ESA senior scientific adviser Mark McCaughrean. "We have won the gold medal with this comet – it is an astonishing object."
Rosetta has travelled 400 million kilometres to reach 67P, and now begins a 16-month mission to study it in detail. Cameras on board the probe have already revealed 67P to be a comet of two halves, with a shape some have compared to a rubber duck, and there is much more to learn.
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