January 31, 2014

Rosetta Mission Is On Track To Rendezvous With Comet

After a week’s worth of tests following its long hibernation, the Rosetta spacecraft is ready to begin the active stage of its mission. Scientists had been most concerned about power. Although still 418 million miles away from the Sun, Rosetta is getting enough power and all its instruments seem to have made it out of its hibernation just fine. ESA says they “are now back online with a fully functional spacecraft.” And just as a reminder of what that spacecraft is supposed to do, Rosetta will rendezvous with the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and land a probe on that comet as it approaches the Sun. And to celebrate Rosetta’s awakening, ESA had a “Wake Up, Rosetta” contest where contestants made a selfie video saying “Wake up, Rosetta!” I don’t know why mine didn’t win.

[ Read the Article: ESA Says Rosetta Comet Chasing Spacecraft Is Fully Awake ]

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