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Watch: Eerie footage from Rosetta mission shows what life is like on a comet more than 300 million miles from Earth


This eerie footage was captured by a spacecraft orbiting a comet more than 300 million miles from earth.

The video was created by Twitter user Landru79 combining a number of still images taken by the Rosetta spacecraft that landed on Comet 67P in 2016.

The footage shows a rocky wall with dust particles catching the light.

In the background the comet’s rotation is clear to see as the stars move across the sky.

Rosetta reached comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on August 6, 2014, after an epic 10-year journey.

The spacecraft and its lander, which bounced on to the surface of the comet on 2014, have produced a wealth of data providing valuable clues about the origins of the solar system and life on Earth.

Key discoveries include an unusual form of water not common on Earth and carbon-containing organic molecules that are the building blocks of life.

The spacecraft was crashed into the asteroid in September 2016 by the European Space Agency.

A decision was taken to carry out the “controlled impact” because the comet was taking Rosetta so far from the Sun that its solar panels would have been unable to generate power.

As Rosetta closed in on the comet its cameras sent back a series of dramatic crystal clear images of the crash site, on the edge of a giant pit named Deir El-Medina.

At the same time, its instruments were busy analysing dust and gas close to the surface of the comet.

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