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Remembering Giotto

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Twenty-five years ago, during the night of 13-14 March 1986, the Giotto spacecraft swept within 600 km of Comet Halley, obtaining the first ever close-up images of a comet nucleus. Giotto was a pioneering space mission with a number of very impressive ‘firsts’ and achievements to its credit. Here we look back with a few 'behind the scenes' images.

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