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  Weather delays comet probe launch
Updated 26 February 2004, 14.17
How Rosetta might look...
A European space mission which aims to land a probe on a comet has been put back for 24 hours after bad weather delayed the take-off.

The "Rosetta" rocket has to follow a special route and can only lift off at 7.36am British time. It's hoped the spacecraft will be launched on Friday.

The mission is set to blast off from French Guiana in South America.

It will take a whopping 10 years for the rocket to deliver the probe to the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

The take-off pad
The take-off pad

Scientists say the weather forecast for Friday is good.

But if the weather turns bad, attempts to launch the rocket will continue until 17 March.

Clues

Once up in space, Rosetta will orbit the Earth, before departing to the outer solar system.

It's being sent to the comet because it may hold clues about how the solar system and life on Earth began.

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