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Tag: Rosetta (ESA)

ESA: Rosetta’s complete journey around the comet

Animation visualising Rosetta’s trajectory around Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, from arrival to mission end. The animation begins on 31 July 2014, during Rosetta’s final approach to the comet after its ten-year journey through space. The spacecraft arrived at a distance of 100 km on 6 August, from where it gradually approached the comet and entered initial mapping …

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ESA: The Rosetta Mission | Once upon a time… mission complete

On the last day of her incredible mission, Rosetta slowly descends to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. After having sent her extraordinary data back home, she is ready to join Philae for a well deserved rest on the comet. But is there one last surprise in store?  

ESA: The organic comet

On 13 August, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko reaches its closest point to the Sun (perihelion) and the Rosetta orbiter will be there to see exactly what happens. Rosetta will continue monitoring the comet’s activity until the extended mission ends, in September 2016, to increase our understanding of how a comet changes during its orbit and as it …

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AMNH: Science Bulletins | Rosetta Mission Lands Probe on Comet

On November 12, 2014, more than a decade after launching, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission was positioned to send a probe to the surface of 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, a small comet orbiting the Sun at a distance of hundreds of millions of kilometers. After a tense 7-hour descent (and a 30-minute transmission delay), mission control confirmed …

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ESA: Rosetta mission | Results from comet landing: 14 Nov, 13:00 GMT

Update on the Rosetta mission, including status of the Philae lander. Hosted by Emily Baldwin – ESA Science Editor, with: Andrea Accomazzo – ESA Rosetta Flight Director, ESOC Stephan Ulamec – Philae Lander Manager, DLR Matt Taylor – Rosetta Project Scientist, ESA Philippe Gaudon – CNES Rosetta Project Manager, SONC Holger Sierks – PI for …

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ESA: Philae touchdown: lander status and first descent image

Highlights from coverage of ESA’s Rosetta mission soft-landing its Philae probe on a comet, the first time in history that such an extraordinary feat has been achieved. Including the presentation of the first ROLIS image sent back by Philae as the lander descended to the surface of the comet. After a tense wait during the …

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ESA: Rosetta | A message from William Shatner

William Shatner, known to millions around the world as Capt. James T. Kirk from the original Star Trek series, sent this message to ESA’s Rosetta team today to wish them good luck for tomorrow’s Philae landing.  

ESA: Briefing |Rosetta science and countdown to comet landing

Media and interested members of the public joined Rosetta mission experts online on Friday, 7 November for a briefing ahead of the historic comet landing on 12 November. Programme: Introduction: Emily Baldwin, ESA space science editor Overview of media events: Jocelyne Landeau-Constantin, Head of ESOC communication office Science from Rosetta so far: Matt Taylor, ESA …

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ESA: Ambition the film

Ambition is a collaboration between Platige Image and ESA. Directed by Tomek Bagiński and starring Aiden Gillen and Aisling Franciosi, Ambition was shot on location in Iceland, and screened on 24 October 2014 during the British Film Institute’s celebration of Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, at the Southbank, London.  

ESA: Rosetta mission status

The Rosetta mission is ongoing at comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The landing site for Philae has been chosen. The adventure continues! But already Rosetta is providing the scientific community more than any previous comet mission.  

ESA Euronews: Comet Hunters: Rosetta’s race to map 67P

The Rosetta mission is now on a race against time to prepare maps and collect data before the Philae lander is due to be sent down to the surface of comet 67P in November. In this edition of Euronews Space, the ‘Comet Hunters’ show us how to orbit a comet, how Rosetta ‘sees’ its target, …

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ESA: How to orbit a comet

What happens after Rosetta arrives at comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko? This animation describes the key dates for the next set of manoeuvres that will bring Rosetta even closer to the comet between August and October. After arriving on 6 August, Rosetta will follow a set of two, three-legged triangular trajectories that require a small thruster burn at …

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ESA: RosettaAreWeThereYet | Once upon a time ..

..there was a spacecraft called Rosetta. Rosetta had been travelling in space for 10 years, towards a comet called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Before long, Rosetta was able to see the comet in the distance, and she took stunning pictures as she got closer and closer. There was only a little way to go now…  

ESA: How big is Rosetta compared with the comet?

This short animation explains the relative sizes of the Rosetta spacecraft and comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Rosetta is 32 m from tip to tip of the solar wings. Assuming the comet measures about 4 km across, that’s 125 times the width of Rosetta. Unlike typical artist’s impressions, this image is scaled to convey the vast difference in …

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Comet-Chasing Rosetta Spacecraft Wakes from Deep Sleep Monday: Watch It Live

For ten years the ESA Rosetta probe has been on its way to the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and in June 2011 it was set in hibernation mode to conserve energy. The internal timer was set to awake the probe today with multiple radiators to first warm it up. The waiting is now on to receive a …

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ESA: Preview 2014

2014 has all the elements to become an interesting year for Europe in space… Exciting launches, new European astronauts on the ISS, new satellites and landers and important decisions that will mark the direction of Europe’s future space programme. But 2014 starts with one name: Rosetta.