There's a satellite that's been traveling for nearly a decade in outer space, and it's about to land on an comet! In this week's Space Friday, Trace explains how this amazing feat of engineering is going to be pulled off.

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THE ROSETTA SPACE PROBE'S LONG TREK TO COMET 67P/CHURYUMOV - GERASIMENKO
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta/The_Rosetta_space_probe_s_long_trek_to_Comet_67P_Churyumov-Gerasimenko
"The countdown to Rosetta's rendezvous in space began on 1 March 1997."

Europe aims for 1st comet landing Nov. 11
http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/b2f0ca3a594644ee9e50a8ec4ce2d6de/Article_2013-12-10-EU-Europe-Comet-Landing/id-29d8b61f947e4fe681dca58862da8d0b
"The European Space Agency has set a tentative date for the first landing of a spacecraft on a comet."

What is the Difference Between Asteroids and Comets
http://www.universetoday.com/33006/
"The main difference between an asteroid and a comet is what they are made of. Asteroids are made up of metals and rocky material, while comets are made up of ice, dust and rocky material."

NASA Asteroid Landing Mission To Take Place In 2021 After Accelerated Obama Plan, Says Bill Nelson
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/05/nasa-asteroid-landing_n_3023489.html
"NASA is planning for a robotic spaceship to lasso a small asteroid and park it near the moon for astronauts to explore, a top senator said Friday."

Mission to Land on a Comet
http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/02feb_rosetta/
"Europe's Rosetta spacecraft is en route to intercept a comet- and to make history. In 2014, Rosetta will enter orbit around comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenkoand land a probe on it, two firsts."

European Probe on Course for a Landing on a Comet
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/europe-aims-1st-comet-landing-nov-11-21158756
"It's been likened to a parachutist trying to land on a mountaintop. Or a person attempting to leap from one speeding car to another."

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