Science Rosetta mission: Scientists choose landing site on comet (+video)

The Rosetta orbiter will launch its Philae lander in November toward a touch-down site on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This mission represents the first attempt ever to land on a comet.

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Nearly a month and a half after the European Space Agency's Rosetta orbiter arrived at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, mission planners have identified a touch-down spot on its nucleus for Rosetta's Philae lander – a 220-pound craft that will make unique measurements of the comet's composition and structure from the surface of the cometary core.