Rosetta ready to go!
News story originally written on February 26, 2004
The Rosetta spacecraft is ready to go. It is waiting on the launch pad in
South America on top of its Ariane rocket. It should blast off for its long
trip to Comet
Churyumov-Gerasimenko sometime soon. It was supposed to blast off on February 26, 2004, but bad weather
prevented the launch. There is another chance to launch the rocket tonight.
Hopefully the weather will cooperate!
The Rosetta spacecraft has two parts. One part will orbit the comet. The other
will land on the comet. If it works, Rosetta will be the first spacecraft ever
to land on a comet.
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