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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...

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...

2010-06-15 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...

2008-08-18 11:55:00

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. Rosetta's first major correction maneuver in the approach phase took place while the spacecraft was just less than 17 million km from Steins. The spacecraft's thrusters burned...

2008-08-04 10:40:00

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. Rosetta started the optical navigation campaign on 4 August 2008, at a distance of about 24 million km from Steins; the campaign will continue until 4 September, when the spacecraft will be approximately 950 000 km from the asteroid. "The orbit of Steins, with which Rosetta will rendezvous on 5...

2007-10-19 11:51:00

Yesterday, 18 October at 18:06 CEST, the thrusters of ESA'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. After passing Mars in April 2007, Rosetta is now approaching Earth for the second time - the third of four planetary swing-bys that provide fuel-saving gravitational assists enabling the spacecraft to ultimately...

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...

2005-06-20 09:33:51

ESA -- ESA's comet chaser Rosetta will take part in one of the world'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. Deep Impact is a NASA mission to send a 370 kg copper "Ëœimpactor' probe to Comet 9P/Tempel 1 on 4 July 2005. Tempel 1 is a short-period comet, whose orbit runs between those of Mars and Jupiter. There is scientific interest in...

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