Latest Rosetta Spacecraft Stories
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.
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.
ESAâ€™s comet-chaser Rosetta is heading for a blind date with asteroid Lutetia on July 10th.
On August 14, Rosetta conducted a successful trajectory correction maneuver using data obtained from the Agency's first-ever optical tracking of an asteroid target, (2867) Steins. Images from the spacecraft's cameras were used to calculate the asteroid's location and optimize its trajectory for fly-by next month.
Heading toward its first target-asteroid, (2867) Steins, ESA's Rosetta spacecraft has started using its cameras to visually track the asteroid and eventually determine its orbit with more accuracy.
Yesterday, 18 October at 18:06 CEST, the thrusters of ESAâ€™s comet chaser, Rosetta, were fired in a planned, 42-second trajectory correction manoeuvre designed to 'fine tune' the spacecraft's approach to Earth. Rosetta is now approaching Earth for its second planetary swing-by of 2007.
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.
ESAâ€™s comet chaser Rosetta will take part in one of the worldâ€™s largest astronomical observation campaigns - the Deep Impact event - while on its cruise to Comet 69P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Rosetta will be watching from 29 June to 14 July 2005.