Latest 21 Lutetia Stories
A new analysis of images captured by the Rosetta spacecraft has revealed new details about the history of asteroid Lutetia and found evidence of a hidden impact crater on a part of the asteroid’s southern hemisphere which is hidden from view.
The long and tumultuous history of asteroid Lutetia was revealed by ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft as it raced past this large, ancient asteroid.
The long and tumultuous history of asteroid (21) Lutetia is revealed by a comprehensive analysis of the data gathered by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft when it flew past this large main-belt asteroid on 10 July 2010.
New observations indicate that the asteroid Lutetia is a leftover fragment of the same original material that formed the Earth, Venus and Mercury.
ESA's Rosetta spacecraft has revealed asteroid Lutetia to be a primitive body, left over as the planets were forming in our Solar System.
A huge asteroid visited by Europeâ€™s Rosetta probe is encased in a thick, dusty layer of debris at least 2,000 ft deep, created by eons of impacts that have left the shattered surface with a texture similar to the Earthâ€™s Moon.
Asteroid Lutetia has been revealed as a battered world of many craters. ESAâ€™s Rosetta mission has returned the first close-up images of the asteroid showing it is most probably a primitive survivor from the violent birth of the Solar System.
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.
The Rosetta Orbiter, a European Space Agency spacecraft heading for a 2014 encounter with a comet, will be flying close to asteroid Lutetia on Saturday, July 10.
ESAâ€™s comet-chaser Rosetta is heading for a blind date with asteroid Lutetia on July 10th.
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