How does studying Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko start to shed light on some of the questions we have about the origins of the universe? For example, how did gas and dust form our solar system? How did we get from stardust to people? Are we alone in the universe or is there some form of life elsewhere?

Claudia Alexander, U.S. Project Scientist on the Rosetta Mission, and Cosmochemist at UCLA Edward Young explain how landing on a comet can help us validate or refute some of the current theories. From NASA JPL: The Rosetta Mission Asks: How Did Our Solar System Form?

Related wow: Get your 3D glasses for this spectacular September 2015 perihelion comet jet — 67P/C-G’s frozen ice transforming into a stream of gas and dust as it is heated by the sun.

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ICYMI: Rosetta spacecraft, Philae lander, & an animated history of comets and The Rosetta Mission in claymation.

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