5 Things You Need to Know About Rosetta, the Comet Chaser -- The Countdown #40

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We've put robots on both the moon and mars, but scientists have never tried to soft-land a robot on a comet--until now. In this episode of The Countdown, we cover everything you need to know about the European Space Agency's groundbreaking Rosetta mission.

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More to explore:

Comet Craft Approaches Its Target (Nature)
http://sams.scientificamerican.com/article/comet-craft-approaches-target?WT.mc_id=SA_spacelab_meta

Rosetta: To Chase a Comet (NASA)
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2014-015

#WakeUpRosetta Once Upon A Time... (ESA)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trljrwTbr4w

History of Cometary Missions (ESA)
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta/History_of_cometary_missions

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Credits:
Host/writer: Sophie Bushwick
Story Advisors: Clara Moskowitz & Michael Moyer
Editor: Joss Fong
Producer: Eric R. Olson