Comet, Philae skirt past the Sun with Rosetta in tow

Comet, Philae skirt past the Sun with Rosetta in tow.A comet hosting the Philae robot and orbited by the Rosetta spacecraft has zipped by past the Sun with all systems go, the European Space Agency says.

The comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which scientists say may help unlock the mystery of the origins of life on Earth, came within 186 million kilometres of our solar system’s star on Thursday, the agency said.

Pictures taken from Rosetta’s navigation camera showed that 67P was “very active” as its surface was buffeted by solar wind and heat, said Sylvian Lodiot, the engineer in charge of the spacecraft at ESA’s European Space Operations Centre in Germany.

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