Exploration Milestones

Exploration Milestones
Exploration Milestones In 2015, we citizens of Earth accomplished new feats in space exploration: we visited Pluto and Charon, entered orbit at Ceres, and brought a rocket’s first stage to a gentle, upright landing at Cape Canaveral. Following the 2014 Philae landing, Rosetta spent 2015 accompanying comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko in its orbit around the Sun, and both passed through perihelion on August 13, 2015. This photo was taken by Rosetta’s NavCam just a few months earlier, on May 9, and shows the comet bursting with jets of ice and dust warmed by the Sun. ESA/Rosetta/NavCam/Emily Lakdawalla

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