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Comet landing site for Rosetta probe to be announced on Sept 15

Published on Sep 4, 2014 7:53 PM

PARIS (AFP) - The European Space Agency (ESA) will on Sept 15 unveil which of five possible sites it has chosen for the first-ever landing of a probe from Earth on a comet, it said on Thursday.

"At present, the landing is scheduled for Nov 11," added an ESA statement.

The agency's Rosetta spacecraft met up with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko last month after a 10-year chase through the Solar System.

The scout is carrying a fridge-sized laboratory dubbed Philae, designed to descend to the comet, harpoon itself to the surface and carry out experiments using a battery of 10 instruments.

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