To Catch A Comet

Re-airs August 7 at 10/9c

On November 12, 2014, billions of kilometers from Earth, spacecraft orbiter Rosetta and lander Philae did what no other had dared to attempt - land on the volatile surface of a comet as it zooms around the sun at 67,000 km/hr. The European Space Agency hopes this mission can help peer into our past and unlock secrets of our origins.

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About the Show

Billions of kilometers from Earth, a spacecraft the size of a car traveled towards an icy rock, 2.5 miles across and hurtling through space at tens of kilometers per second. The spacecraft had been in space for ten years, but on Nov. 12, 2014, it did something no other spacecraft had ever attempted: orbit and land on a comet.

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