ESA Selects Primary Landing Site For Rosetta Comet Study

ESA Selects Primary Landing Site For Rosetta Comet Study

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...

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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...

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...

comet up close
2014-08-06 10:16:03

NASA and ESA Close up detail focusing on a smooth region on the ‘base’ of the ‘body’ section of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image was taken by Rosetta’s Onboard Scientific Imaging System (OSIRIS) on August 6, 2014. The image clearly shows a range of features, including boulders, craters and steep cliffs. The image was taken from a distance of 80 miles (130 kilometers) and the image resolution is 8 feet (2.4 meters) per pixel. The three U.S. instruments aboard the...

comet 67P
2014-08-06 05:42:54

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Following a decade-long journey that spanned more than six billion kilometers through space, the ESA’s Rosetta probe has arrived at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, officially making it the first mission to ever successfully complete such a rendezvous. Rosetta, which launched from a European spaceport in French Guiana on March 2, 2004, arrived at 67P early Wednesday morning, the ESA reported. The satellite will now escort the...

rosetta comet
2014-08-03 04:14:17

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online After a journey of more than six billion kilometers through the Solar System, the ESA’s Rosetta probe is closing in on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko (67P), and with less than a week to go until its arrival, it recently managed to take the comet’s temperature for the first time and has captured images of a coma surrounding its nucleus. Rosetta, which lifted off from a European spaceport in French Guiana in March 2004, has...

ESA Expects The Unexpected As Rosetta Nears Comet Rendezvous
2014-06-20 09:49:28

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft is the first mission in history to attempt to rendezvous with a comet. The spacecraft will deploy the Philae lander to the surface of the comet and accompany it as it orbits the Sun. The comet in question is 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which is currently approximately 267,189 miles from the spacecraft. The Rosetta team released a series of images last May that detailed the extended...

ESA's Rosetta Spacecraft Spies Comet Beginning To Form Its Tail
2014-05-16 11:42:34

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The comet targeted for research by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe has begun to develop its tail as it zooms closer and closer to the Sun. The probe is maneuvering to align with the comet’s orbit this month and is slated to rendezvous with it in August. On Thursday, the ESA released a series of images showing comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko developing its tail, or coma. Taken between March 27 and May 4, the...

Students Send A Greeting To The Future
2014-05-16 03:28:51

ESA An enthusiastic group of schoolchildren sent a greeting to the future today, beaming a radio signal into space via an ESA tracking station in Spain. In January, over 200 participants around the world sent us video selfies as part of ESA’s Wake Up Rosetta campaign, with the videos collectively receiving some 75 000 votes. As the final prize, ESA today transmitted the top 10 video selfies into space, using one of the tracking stations that regularly communicates with Rosetta,...

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