14th Sep 2013
Get ready for Rosetta’s wake-up call with activity schedule for target comet

After a journey of almost ten years, the Rosetta mission has just a few months left to wait before beginning its rendezvous with a time capsule. Comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko is a dirty snowball of ice and dust that preserves material from the formation of the Solar System 4.5 billion years ago. During 2014, the European Space Agency’s most ambitious mission to date will both start to orbit the comet’s nucleus and deploy a small laboratory of scientific instruments, Philae, to dock with the comet’s surface. To aid Rosetta in safely achieving its task, an international group of scientists back on Earth are using ground-based telescopes and computer models to understand the behaviour of the comet as it approaches the Sun and begins to form its tail.
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Get ready for Rosetta’s wake-up call with activity schedule for target comet

After a journey of almost ten years, the Rosetta mission has just a few months left to wait before beginning its rendezvous with a time capsule. Comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko is a dirty snowball of ice and dust that preserves material from the formation of the Solar System 4.5 billion years ago. During 2014, the European Space Agency’s most ambitious mission to date will both start to orbit the comet’s nucleus and deploy a small laboratory of scientific instruments, Philae, to dock with the comet’s surface. To aid Rosetta in safely achieving its task, an international group of scientists back on Earth are using ground-based telescopes and computer models to understand the behaviour of the comet as it approaches the Sun and begins to form its tail.

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