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Rosetta mission reaches critical point after more than 10 years in space

Tomorrow, more than 20 years after it was first approved, a European space mission reaches a climax when a fridge-sized space-probe gently touches down on a comet travelling at 34,000mph. If all goes to plan, the Philae lander of the Rosetta mission should be sending back the first images of the ice surface of comet 67/P Churyumov-Gerasimenko’s this afternoon. It will be the first soft landing on a comet in the history of space flight – a feat likened to throwing a hammer from London and hitting a nail with it in Delhi. After chasing the comet over a…