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Rosetta: Target Ho!

The European comet-chaser Rosetta is still years away from its destination, but we can finally see its target

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The last time we looked in on the European comet-chaser Rosetta, the spacecraft was still years away from its destination. Well, it’s still years away—three to be precise. And it just went into hibernation. But before going to sleep, Rosetta took this first, very long-distance picture of its target: comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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Not much to look at, huh? Don’t worry, the close-ups in 2014 will be much better. And while you’re waiting, you can make your own comet:

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