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Rosetta makes final home call
Europe's Rosetta spacecraft has made
its third and final flyby of Earth, a
manoeuvre designed to position the
probe to chase down a comet in 2014.
The spacecraft's whip around the planet
will have given it the extra speed it
needs to take it out to the rendezvous
location near Jupiter.
Launched in 2004, Rosetta had already
flown by Earth twice and Mars once.
The journey out to Comet 67P/Churyumov-
Gerasimenko will also take the probe
past an asteroid in 2010.
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