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First Images Of Deep Space Comet Transmitted From ESA's Rosetta
2014-03-28 12:39:54

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft has snapped its first images of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko since waking up earlier this year. Rosetta woke up from a deep hibernation in January, and since then ESA engineers have been preparing it for its rendezvous with the comet. The spacecraft took its “first light” images last week using its Optical, Spectroscopic and Infrared Remote Imaging System (OSIRIS)...

ESA Says Rosetta Comet Chasing Spacecraft Is Fully Awake
2014-01-30 10:10:32

[ Watch the Video: Rosetta Mission Is On Track To Rendezvous With Comet ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After more than a week of post-hibernation tests and check-ups, the European Space Agency has announced that its comet-chasing craft Rosetta is fully operational and ready to begin the active stage of its mission to study and land a probe on the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. “We were most concerned about power, and seeing if the solar arrays were...

rosetta and comet
2014-01-25 04:49:44

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The countdown is on for the instruments on the European Space Agency (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft, as the ultraviolet imaging spectrograph, a microwave thermometer and a plasma analyzer are scheduled to be activated in early March, NASA announced on Friday. Rosetta, which woke up Monday following a 31-month deep space slumber, is scheduled to become the first spacecraft to orbit a comet and land a probe on its nucleus in November. The...

Comet Chaser Rosetta Phones Home
2014-01-20 14:11:14

[ Watch the Video: Rosetta Has Awoken! ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) announced on Monday that its Rosetta spacecraft has finally woken up after its long deep space slumber. The comet chaser phoned home on Monday afternoon for the first time in 31 months. Rosetta is now just months away from its final destination, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. “We have our comet-chaser back,” Alvaro Giménez, ESA’s Director of...

Listening For Rosetta
2014-01-20 08:22:40

On Monday 20 January, ESA’s comet-chasing spacecraft Rosetta will wake up from 31 months of deep space slumber. ESA will streaming live from ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany, with full coverage of the day’s historic events as they unfold, starting at 09:15 GMT (10:15 CET) Rosetta’s computer is programmed to re-establish contact with Earth on 20 January, starting with an ‘alarm clock’ at 10:00 GMT. Immediately afterwards, the spacecraft’s startrackers will begin to warm up, taking...

ESA's Rosetta Spacecraft Days Away From Waking Up For Comet Visit
2014-01-16 12:39:35

[ Watch the Video: Comet Mission Gets Ready For Rendezvous ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft is less than a week away from waking up from a deep hibernation to explore a comet, in what is being hailed as a first-of-its-kind attempt. Rosetta has been catching up to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko since it launched in 2004. During its journey, the spacecraft has used the gravitational pull of Earth and...

ESA Says Its Time To 'Wake Up Rosetta' And It Wants Your Help
2013-12-10 14:12:55

[ Watch the video: Rosetta's 12 Year Journey In Space ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) is kicking off a “Wake Up Rosetta” campaign to celebrate the end of its comet-chasing spacecraft’s 31-month-long hibernation. Rosetta is nearing its final destination, comet 67P Churyumov–Gerasimenko, after spending nearly a decade traveling towards it. The spacecraft will be rendezvousing with the comet in August 2014 and subsequently...

Rosetta To Begin Comet Chase Upon Its Awakening In 100 Days
2013-10-11 14:12:45

[ Watch the Video: Rosetta’s Twelve-Year Journey in Space ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta mission will be arising from hibernation in about 100 days to make a long-awaited approach of a destination mission controllers have been aiming for for the past decade. The Rosetta mission has been traveling through space since March 2, 2004 towards comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. During its travels, the spacecraft has flown...

Rosetta Display Gives Demonstration On How To 'Cook A Comet'
2013-10-07 10:26:18

ESA Yesterday, thousands of visitors to ESA’s technical heart in the Netherlands enjoyed learning more about ESA space missions, including Rosetta – the daring spacecraft that will rendezvous with a comet next year. Rosetta has been in deep-space hibernation since June 2011 while on the loneliest leg of its 10-year journey through space to its destination: comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The spacecraft will wake up early next year and rendezvous with its target comet several...

Comet Activity Starting Up Early Ahead Of 2014 Rosetta Mission
2013-08-20 13:48:03

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, a 2014 visitor to our neck of the woods, will be emitting gas and dust earlier than expected, according to a new study by the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS). The European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft will be arriving at comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko next year, and two months after it starts its approach, the comet will start showing activity. Researchers say the comet's...