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The final command placing ESA's Rosetta comet-chaser into deep-space hibernation was sent earlier today.
On its way to a 2014 rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft, with NASA instruments aboard, will fly past asteroid Lutetia today (July 10).
The media are invited to ESAâ€™s Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany to follow Rosettaâ€™s encounter with asteroid Lutetia on July 10, 18:00â€“23:00.
ESAâ€™s comet-chaser Rosetta is heading for a blind date with asteroid Lutetia on July 10th.
Close-up images of asteroid (2867) Steins, obtained with the OSIRIS cameras on Rosetta, have provided extensive new measurements of the physical properties of this main-belt asteroid.
ESAâ€™s comet chaser Rosetta will swing by Earth for the last time on November 13 to pick up energy and begin the final leg of its 10-year journey to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
ESA's comet chaser, Rosetta, last night flew by a small body in the main asteroid belt, asteroid Steins, collecting a wealth of information about this rare type of minor Solar System body.
A European spacecraft zoomed by a rocky asteroid Friday in the first of two pit stops on the way to a distant comet. The European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta comet probe zipped by the asteroid Steins, a space rock in the asteroid belt between the planets Mars and Jupiter, as it streaked across the solar system millions of miles from Earth. Rosetta made its closest pass by Steins, officially known as Asteroid 2867, at 2:58 p.m.
The European Space Agency announced on Friday that the Rosetta space probe is set to pass within 802 km of asteroid Steins at 1958 GMT for an opportunity to capture glimpses of a rare E-type asteroid.
The Rosetta spacecraft control room is buzzing with anticipation as Rosetta closes in on asteroid 2867 Steins. The fly-by timeline includes a series of critical events, culminating with closest approach - expected at 20:58 CEST, 5 September 2008.
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