The first manned space mission to rendezvous with Comet C/2012 Q2 will fly on Wednesday, but it’s not for the faint of heart.NASA’s Rosetta spacecraft landed safely on a comet in late June, but the team that built the spacecraft is hoping to make the closest approach ever to the comet in more than three decades.
The lander will touch down on the comet at 4:07 p.m.
EDT (0907 GMT), and then it’ll begin a long journey to its final destination.
For the first three years, Rosetta flew in a circular orbit that would keep it above the comet’s surface, which is about a half-mile (about two-kilometers) wide.
It also carried a small solar array that would shine light on the surface, as well as instruments to measure its properties.
But after a rough patch last year, NASA decided to move the lander’s orbit to a circular one.
That way, the landers instruments could be on the same spot for longer periods of time.
The landing took nearly seven years to complete, and was one of the most important events in history for the mission, as the Rosetta probe sent a few lucky samples back to Earth.
Now, scientists will use a series of instruments to try to get a better look at the comet.
They will try to measure the composition of the comet and learn more about its magnetic field.
They hope to use a laser to help them study the comet itself, as they are currently unable to do so.
Rosetta also carried out some scientific experiments, such as studying the comet, which was named C/2013 Q2, for a year, to learn more.
This is the first time the Rosette mission has used a laser instrument, and it was designed to be used in a future mission.NASA says the land-based mission will provide valuable information about the comet to researchers, scientists, and the public.
The Rosetta mission has been on a long mission.
It has been orbiting the comet since the 1970s, and scientists believe it is the closest comet to Earth that the Rosettas have ever seen.
It was designed by scientists from the German Aerospace Center and the European Space Agency.
The mission is funded by the European Union, and Rosetta is operated by Italian company Jet Propulsion Laboratory.