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We're about to deliberately crash a $1.5 billion spacecraft into a comet

On September 30, the European Space Agency (ESA) is going to reunite two star-crossed spacecrafts as it crashes its Rosetta space probe into Comet 67P, which it’s been orbiting for about two years. Back in 2014, this tortured love story gripped the world. After a ten-year-journey, billions of miles through the solar system, Rosetta and its longtime companion, Philae, had to part ways as Philae chased its goal of becoming the first spacecraft to land on a comet.
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