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Standing on a comet: Rosetta’s space-weather contribution
January 16, 2014
The Rosetta space probe, launched by the European Space Agency in 2004, will return to life next week to track the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P/C-G). And while most big questions this mission hopes to answer deal with the origin and evolution of the solar system, some NSF-funded scientists will study solar wind interactions that can lead to solar storms.
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