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Astro Bob blog: Rosetta probe 'dances' its way to a very active comet

The European probe Rosetta has been chasing comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for more than 10 years. This spring it's finally catching up. Soon they'll be dance partners.

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Approaching a comet involves a series of rocket burns to slow the Rosetta spacecraft down so it can enter into orbit around comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The second major orbital burn is scheduled for today. Credit: ESA

The European probe Rosetta has been chasing comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for more than 10 years. This spring it's finally catching up. Soon they'll be dance partners. 

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