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Rosetta witnesses as Comet 67P makes closest approach to Sun

Rosetta witnesses as Comet 67P makes closest approach to Sun - Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has passed the closest point to the Sun in its 6.5-year orbit, with the European spacecraft Rosetta still in orbit around it.

Comet 67P reached its closest point to the sun, known as perihelion, at 0203 GMT Thursday, according to the European Space Agency (ESA).

The comet is some 186 million kilometers from the sun. It will now swing back out on an orbit that takes it as far away as 800 million kilometers.

In November, ESA's Philae lander touched down on 67P. The spacecraft sent back data before running out of power, however it started sending signals again in the month of June as its solar panels got more light, but communication has been irregular. The mission is focusing on mother craft Rosetta, which is following the comet.