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'J' marks the spot for Rosetta's lander

Rosetta's lander Philae will target Site J, an intriguing region on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko that offers unique scientific potential, with hints of activity nearby, and minimum risk to the lander compared to the other candidate sites.
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Watch a replay of the Rosetta landing site announcement press conference

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Decision due on comet landing site

The European Space Agency is about to release more details of its audacious bid to try to land on a comet.
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Watch live as the target for Rosetta's lander is announced at ESA Headquarters on 15 September, streaming starts at 0900 GMT / 1100 CEST.

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Rosetta and Philae snap a robot selfie at the comet


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Rosetta-Alice spectrograph obtains first far ultraviolet spectra of a cometary surface while orbiting Churyumov-Gerasimenko

NASAs Alice ultraviolet (UV) spectrograph aboard the European Space Agencys Rosetta comet orbiter has delivered its first scientific discoveries. Rosetta, in orbit around comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, is the first spacecraft to study a comet up close.
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Members of the media are invited to ESA Headquarters in Paris, France, on 15 September for the announcement of the primary landing site for Rosettas lander Philae, where in November it will attempt the first soft touchdown in history on a comet.
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Rosetta set for 'capture' manoeuvres

The Rosetta probe is about to begin the manoeuvres that will place it properly into orbit around Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
The European spacecraft is currently flying arcs over the "ice mountain" that take it no closer than 52km.

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Rosetta mission: Potential comet landing sites chosen

Europe's Rosetta mission, which aims to put a robot on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, has identified five potential locations for the touchdown.
The choice of sites was driven largely by operational considerations - they are places engineers believe a lander can get down with the least risk.

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Rosetta navigation camera (NAVCAM) image taken on 17 August 2014 at a distance of about 102 km from comet 67P/C-G.

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Rosetta: Comet probe gets down to work

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