July 15, 2014 | David

Space research blows my mind. Launched ten years ago, the Rosetta mission is finally closing in on its target, 400 million kilometres from Earth - a comet called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

The mission has just had its first big surprise: the comet looks like it's actually two objects stuck together. Rosetta will soon enter orbit around the comet, take detailed images, then try to send down a lander for the first time in history. I can't wait to see what they find...

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The Rosetta spacecraft is now less than 10,000 km from the comet and is closing in fast.

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Image: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for Osiris Team

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