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Rosetta Reveals History Of Asteroid Lutetia
2012-06-27 04:44:56

[ Watch the Video] The long and tumultuous history of asteroid Lutetia was revealed by ESA´s Rosetta spacecraft as it raced past this large, ancient asteroid. This spectacular movie shows a sequence of images snapped by Rosetta as it flew past the main-belt asteroid on 10 July 2010. The sequence begins nine and a half hours before Rosetta made its closest pass, when the asteroid still appeared like a distant tumbling speck seen from a distance of 500 000 km. Surface features...

Rosetta Studies Complex History Of Asteroid Lutetia
2012-05-31 02:49:19

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 studies have revealed the asteroid's surface morphology, composition and other properties in unprecedented detail. In particular, extensive studies of Lutetia's geological features have opened a unique window into the complex history of this peculiar object. On its way to...

Image 1 - Lutetia Found To Be A Rare Survivor From Earth's Birth
2011-11-11 11:03:39

[ Watch the Video ] New observations indicate that the asteroid Lutetia is a leftover fragment of the same original material that formed the Earth, Venus and Mercury. Astronomers have combined data from ESA´s Rosetta spacecraft, ESO´s New Technology Telescope, and NASA telescopes. They found that the properties of the asteroid closely match those of a rare kind of meteorites found on Earth and thought to have formed in the inner parts of the Solar System. Lutetia must, at some...

Rosetta's Postcard From The Past
2011-10-27 13:11:03

ESA's Rosetta spacecraft has revealed asteroid Lutetia to be a primitive body, left over as the planets were forming in our Solar System. Results from Rosetta's fleeting flyby also suggest that this mini-world tried to grow a metal heart. Rosetta flew past Lutetia on 10 July 2010 at a speed of 54 000 km/hr and a closest distance of 3170 km. At the time, the 130 km-long asteroid was the largest encountered by a spacecraft. Since then, scientists have been analyzing the data taken during the...

2010-10-05 06:15:00

A huge asteroid visited by Europe'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 Earth's Moon. The findings are among the first to emerge from the plethora of data collected by Rosetta during its close flyby of Lutetia 282 million miles from Earth, beyond the orbit of Mars. Details of the encounter are being presented at a conference this week of the Division...

2010-07-10 17:00:00

Asteroid Lutetia has been revealed as a battered world of many craters. ESA'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 flyby has been a spectacular success with Rosetta performing faultlessly. Closest approach took place at 18:10 CEST, at a distance of 3162 km. The images show that Lutetia is heavily cratered, having suffered many impacts during its 4.5 billion years...

2010-06-30 08:11:35

The media are invited to ESA's Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany to follow Rosetta's encounter with asteroid Lutetia on July 10, 18:00"“23:00. The first images of the asteroid will be released before midnight, with experts available for interview. ESA's Rosetta comet-chaser is en route to its main target, comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko, arriving in 2014. On Saturday, July 10 it will fly past the previously unvisited asteroid Lutetia. This is an important milestone in...

2010-06-27 13:16:19

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. Classes and clubs are invited to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 2 to 4 p.m. that day to see first-ever, close-up images of Lutetia, talk to a NASA/JPL Rosetta project manager and participate in educational activities. Lutetia is a large metal-rich asteroid and part of the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Rosetta...

2010-06-15 10:20:00

ESA's comet-chaser Rosetta is heading for a blind date with asteroid Lutetia. Rosetta does not yet know what Lutetia looks like but beautiful or otherwise the two will meet on July 10th. Like many first dates, Rosetta will meet Lutetia on a Saturday night, flying to within 3200 km of the space rock. Rosetta started taking navigational sightings of Lutetia at the end of May so that ground controllers can determine any course corrections required to achieve their intended flyby distance. The...

2007-01-26 08:25:00

Earlier this month ESA's Rosetta had a first look at asteroid 21-Lutetia, one of the targets of its long mission. The onboard camera OSIRIS imaged the asteroid passing through its field of view during the spacecraft's gradual approach to Mars. The planet will be reached on 25 February 2007 for the mission's next gravity assist. During its long trek to final destination (comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko), Rosetta is planned to study two asteroids "“ 2867-Steins and 21-Lutetia, both lying...

Word of the Day
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.