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Rosettas Comet Scrambling Its Jets

Rosetta's Comet Scrambling Its Jets

Provided by NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory/ESA This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, taken by Rosetta's Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging System (OSIRIS) on Sept. 20, from a distance of 4.5 miles (7.2 kilometers),...

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comet landing site
2014-10-16 04:17:09

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The ESA announced on Wednesday that, following a comprehensive readiness review, the Rosetta mission’s Philae probe had been given the green light to attempt a landing on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko next month. Philae will now attempt to become the first spacecraft ever to attempt a soft landing on a comet when it looks to touch down at the primary landing site on November 12, the agency said. That landing site, identified by...

2014-10-15 08:21:56

Join Karen Field, Editorial Director of EE Times, on Friday, Oct. 17, as she discusses with Flight Director Andrea Accomazzo the technical challenges ahead for the Spacecraft Rosetta. NEW YORK, Oct. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As the Spacecraft Rosetta's flight team prepares for deployment of its lander on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko next month, they also face the most critical technical challenges of the 10-year mission. Andrea Accomazzo, Rosetta Flight Director and Head of...

comet dust and gas
2014-10-06 06:24:08

Provided by DC Agle, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory The four images that make up a new montage of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko were taken on September 26, 2014 by the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft. At the time, Rosetta was about 16 miles (26 kilometers) from the center of the comet. In the montage, a region of jet activity can be seen at the neck of the comet. These jets, originating from several discrete locations, are a product of ices sublimating and gases escaping...

Rosetta's Philae Lander To Be Deployed November 12
2014-09-27 07:40:02

April Flowers for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online On November 12, 2014, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission will be deploying its lander, Philae, to the surface of Comet 67P—also known as Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Rosetta has been traveling for 10 years, finally arriving at the comet on August 6th of this year. During the past decade, Rosetta has been conducting an unprecedented scientific analysis of the comet – the bulk of which is to be released during dedicated...

comet landing site
2014-09-15 07:40:50

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Usually ‘X’ marks the spot, but for the ESA’s Rosetta orbiter, Site ‘J’ has been selected as the place where its Philae lander will touch-down on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko (67P/C-G), officials at the agency announced on Monday. Rosetta, which is the first mission to ever rendezvous with a comet, will accompany 67P/C-G on its journey throughout the inner solar system and will measure the increase in activity as its...

comet 67P map
2014-09-13 07:00:28

DC Agle, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Scientists have found that the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko -- the target of study for the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission -- can be divided into several regions, each characterized by different classes of features. High-resolution images of the comet reveal a unique, multifaceted world. ESA's Rosetta spacecraft arrived at its destination about a month ago and is currently accompanying the comet as it progresses on its route...

Rosetta orbiter
2014-09-05 06:45:20

NASA A NASA instrument aboard the European Space Agency’s (ESA's) Rosetta orbiter has successfully made its first delivery of science data from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The instrument, named Alice, began mapping the comet’s surface last month, recording the first far-ultraviolet light spectra of the comet’s surface. From the data, the Alice team discovered the comet is unusually dark -- darker than charcoal-black -- when viewed in ultraviolet wavelengths. Alice also...

Rosetta_are_we_there_yet_competition_mosaic
2014-08-30 06:50:42

European Space Agency As Rosetta made its final approach to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, we asked you to join this extraordinary adventure by sharing pictures of your journeys, participating in a fun photo contest that attracted hundreds of entries and nearly 23,000 votes. [ Watch the Video: Thank You “Rosetta, Are We There Yet?” Participants ] No matter whether you were heading to work or visiting friends, traveling to an exotic holiday destination or going on a hike, the...

Search For Landing Site On Rosetta Narrows
2014-08-25 03:34:44

ESA Using detailed information collected by ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft during its first two weeks at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, five locations have been identified as candidate sites to set down the Philae lander in November – the first time a landing on a comet has ever been attempted. Before arrival, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko had never been seen close up and so the race to find a suitable landing site for the 100 kg lander could only begin when Rosetta rendezvoused with...

comet 67p surface diversity
2014-08-17 08:52:52

NASA/ESA A new image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko shows the diversity of surface structures on the comet's nucleus. It was taken by the Rosetta spacecraft's OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on August 7, 2014. At the time, the spacecraft was 65 miles (104 kilometers) away from the 2.5-mile-wide (4-kilometer) nucleus. In the image, the comet’s head (in the top half of the image) exhibits parallel linear features that resemble cliffs, and its neck displays scattered boulders on a...


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