Submitted by Special to Eco ... on Wed, 11/12/2014 - 09:24
DARMSTADT, Germany — Europe's unmanned space probe Rosetta on Wednesday released a lander toward comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. If successful, it will be the first time that a spacecraft has landed on a comet.
The audacious landing attempt is the climax of a decade-long mission to link up with the giant ball of dust and ice.
Here's a look at key moments during Rosetta's incredible trip:
March 2, 2004: Europe's unmanned probe Rosetta takes off from Kourou, French Guiana, after a series of delays, including an abandoned January 2003 launch window because of a rocket problem.