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Philae and Rosetta gear up for asteroid Lutetia
The Rosetta orbiter, which carries the DLR lander Philae, has completed more than two thirds of its journey to the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The most comprehensive cometary investigation ever, the mission will deliver DLR's Philae lander to the comet’s surface for in situ studies. The spacecraft and lander are due to close in on 21 Lutetia, a large Main-Belt Asteroid on 10 July.
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Last update: 10/07/2010 23:49:00