Tag Archives: Comet

Rosetta Captures Jets on Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, to Move Closer on Sunday

Comet-orbiting Rosetta’s navigation camera has taken an image from a distance of 124 km from the centre of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 6 February 2015, which has some jets of material shooting off the comet’s neck. The 1024 x 1024 pixel image frame has a resolution of 10.6 m/pixel and measures 10.8 km across and was processed to bring out the ...

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Rosetta mission data reveals how comets evolve

A team of researchers has unveiled closest-ever details about the evolution of a comet that was in headlines last year when the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission helped its Philae lander touch down on the surface of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (C-G). The study helps scientists better understand how comets form in the first place, how their surfaces evolve over time and how ...

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Rosetta Landing on Comet Top Breakthrough of 2014

The landing of European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft on a comet tops the list of 10 breakthroughs of 2014, the prestigious journal Science announced in its December issue. Rosetta and its lander module Philae made major headlines in November when Philae touched down on the surface of the speeding comet. The landing was rougher than expected as Philae bounced off ...

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ESA’s Rosetta Orbiter Likely to Pounce on Comet in February 2015

The orbiting Rosetta spacecraft of European Space Agency is likely to return within six km of the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in February 2015. The flyby will be the closest the comet explorer will come during its prime mission. “It is the earliest we could carry it out without impacting the vitally important bound orbits that are currently being flown,” ...

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Rosetta Mission Successful: Philae Lander Makes First Historic Landing on Comet

After the successful landing of the European robot Philae Lander, descending from its mothership after a 10-year journey, Rosetta mission has achieved a first historic landing on a comet on Wednesday. As the Philae lander touched down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at about 1605 GMT, there were cheers and hugs at the control room in Darmstadt, Germany. Earlier in the day, ...

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