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The European Space Agency announces spot where the Rosetta probe will land on comet

The European Space Agency on Monday morning announced the spot where the Philae lander from its Rosetta spacecraft will put down on the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, 250 million miles from Earth. Picked from a list of five potential targets, Site J is located at the "head" of the comet and was deemed the least risky of the bunch for the Nov. 11 landing. Rosetta reached the three-mile-wide "ice mountain" after a 10-year journey. Its spider-like Philae robot will harpoon the surface and lower itself down slowly on a mission to learn more about comets. For more, take a look at the site below or head over to BBC News. --Harold Maass