WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 10 years after its launch into space — on a mission to chase down Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko — the Rosetta spacecraft is nearing the next phase of its journey: plant a washing-machine-sized lander called Philae on the speeding comet. On Wednesday, Nov. 12, National Geographic Channel will live-stream the European Space Agency's video feed from Rosetta to capture this historic moment — from Philae's initial separation confirmation on-ground to the landing signal being received on Earth. The live stream will be available on www.natgeotv.com/comet and on National Geographic Channel's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/natgeotv.
Nov. 12, 2014
4:03 AM ET (1:03 AM PT): Initial separation of Philae from Rosetta expected to be confirmed on-ground
11:02 AM ET (8:02 AM PT): Expected landing and receipt of signal anticipated
National Geographic Channel cameras have been following this incredible scientific achievement since the beginning of the year, as a team from the European Space Agency attempts a world first: to land a spacecraft, called Rosetta, onto a speeding comet, nearly 500 million miles from Earth and ride the comet as it approaches the sun. The mission's objective: to better understand the origin and evolution of our solar system and to investigate the role that comets may have played in the beginnings of life on Earth.
If successful, Rosetta and Philae could help peer into our past and unlock secrets from our very origins.
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