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ESA to Attempt First Comet Landing in History Wednesday

This Wednesday, the first attempt in human history to land a spacecraft on a comet will occur as a result of the European Space Agency's efforts, and we will broadcast the event live here.

The Rosetta spacecraft, which was designed by the ESA, includes special instruments from NASA and will attempt to land its 220-pound Philae lander on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, according to a press release.

"This is the most exciting spacecraft mission since Cassini reached Saturn a decade ago," Slooh Astronomer Bob Berman said.

Slooh will broadcast a free glimpse of the comet after Philae attempts its landing from a member controlled observatory located at the Institute of Astrophysics in the Canary Islands (IAC).

To view the event, watch the video below starting at 2:00 p.m. EST:

"Comet 67P is heading toward its encounter with the Sun next summer, and as it does so, its ices will sublimate, pebbles and dust will be released - some as dramatic geysers from the comet's surface," Berman said.

"And now we have a spacecraft right there sending us pictures and videos of the whole thing. It's unbelievable and this makes the attempted landing on its surface critically important, and nail-bitingly perilous."