The Rosetta Spacecraft’s First Images of Comet 67-P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft pursued the comet 67-P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for more than seven years. And now finally Rosetta can take a series of 52 pictures from a distance of about 101 million miles (163 million kilometers) from comet 67-P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.67-P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is about 2.4 miles (4 km) across and completes one orbit around the sun every 6.6 years.But now the mission team will wait, because Rosetta spacecraft went into a deep sleep on June 8. It was done due to the fact, that Rosetta have to save energy on its long cruise to the comet. It will wake up automatically in January 2014, to prepare for its meet with 67-P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

source:www.space.com