Rosetta spacecraft nears ‘rubber ducky’ comet

Global News

TORONTO – It’s not Bruce Willis landing on an asteroid, but it’s still pretty exciting.

On Aug. 6, the Rosetta spacecraft, a joint mission by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) will reach its final destination: Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, which is also being nicknamed the “rubber duckie” comet based on recent images.

As of Tuesday, Rosetta was about 2,000 km from the icy body.

READ MORE: NASA prepares for comet that will narrowly miss Mars

This isn’t any run-of-the-mill mission: Rosetta will be the first mission to actually send a probe to hitch a ride on the comet.

Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko imaged on 20 July 2014 by Rosetta's OSIRIS narrow angle camera from a distance of about 5,500 km. Based on the this image, many are calling this the "rubber duck" comet. Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko imaged on 20 July 2014 by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow angle camera from a distance of about 5,500 km. Based on…

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