Discussion in 'science, nature and environment' started by editor, Sep 5, 2008.
Ooh! This is exciting!
Some pics coming through: http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMNMYO4KKF_index_0.html
I find this fascinating stuff. There are some interesting short PDF documents on that site containing more information and images of the Rosetta mission.
Rosetta wakes up today: Jan 20 2014.
Confirmation should be between 17.30 and 18.30 today.
Briefings here: www.livestream.com/eurospaceagency
Is it possible to transmit a cup of coffee out there, sounds like Rosetta needs it.
Fingers crossed too! This is amazing science.
About half-way through the expected window.
Not a peep yet.
They're getting restless in the operations room.
A large espresso might have been a good idea.
Forgot all about this probe - fingers crossed it wakes up properly.
We has a signal.
Signal appears to have arrived.
Seems to have. Nice that it's made them all so happy, even though the coverage is a trifle Eurovision.
Truly amazing. Now on to the really hard bit.
Looking forward to the next stages - hope all goes well
Good news it is all present and correct.
Animation of the approach and orbit of the comet (scheduled for November)
What you're seeing:
The "triangular" phase is not an orbit as such. The comet is only 4km wide so has very slight gravity, so this phase is more like "falling" slowly towards it, whilst manoeuvring around to get a good view. Then it comes in for a 30km radius polar orbit to build up a map of the comet's surface. Finally it comes in closer for the 12km orbit that it will sit in for the rest of the mission. At all times the orbit is kept clear of the sun-shaded side, as that is where the coma (the comet's tail) forms, full of dust and ice that could damage the spacecraft.
I can't believe they're actually going to *land* a smaller probe on the comet itself. It's an amazing mission.
Ooh! It's a "double" comet!
The rubber ducky comet!
It's a trap!
It looks more like a chess piece to me. A giant chess piece hurtling through space.
This twitter exchange about Rosetta is quite charming
Fixed link. It's very sweet.
I love how the space people he chats to on twitter just call him "Captain".
The surface looks fascinating...
It's about the size of central London, to give it some scale, from Park Lane to the Tower, Euston Road to the River.
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