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Rosetta team picks best landing site on surface of speeding comet
Rosetta team picks best landing site on surface of speeding comet

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner! Early Monday morning the European Space Agency announced it had selected Site J on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as the target landing spot for the Rosetta mission's Philae lander. The selection of the site brings the Rosetta team one step closer to being the first to land a spacecraft directly on the surface of a speeding comet.  The site is not ideal, according to the team of scientists and engineers on the ESA's Landing Site Selection Group. However, after a meeting at CNES (the French space agency) in Toulouse, France, over the weekend, they decided unanimously that Site J is their best option. "I'm just gratified...

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