Europe’s Rosetta Probe Goes Into Orbit Around Comet 67P
Someday asteroids will be tethered and moved to near Earth orbits, this is a step in that direction.
Europe’s Rosetta probe has arrived at a comet after a 10-year chase.
In a first for space history, the spacecraft was manoeuvred alongside a speeding body to begin mapping its surface in detail.
The spacecraft fired its thrusters for six and a half minutes to finally catch up with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
“We’re at the comet!” said Sylvain Lodiot of the European Space Agency (Esa) operations centre in Germany.