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Comet surface is dark and crusty, deep-space probe suggests

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PARIS - A European probe approaching a comet in deep space has found the body's surface to be relatively warm, suggesting it has a mostly "dark, dusty crust," mission controllers said Friday. 

A handout image released on July 31, 2014 by the European Space Agency (ESA) shows the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko as seen from Rosetta spacecraft at a distance of 1950 kilometres

Thermal readings were taken by the unmanned spacecraft Rosetta as it neared Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on the final leg of a six-billion-kilometre (3.75-billion-mile), 10-year pursuit.

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