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We land on a comet in 10 days

2 Nov 2014, 20:26 UTC
We land on a comet in 10 days SA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team
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Dreams are the start of everything. But realizing one requires hard work, determination and occasionally some hard cash. Here’s an audacious dream: Let’s send a spaceship to orbit a comet and land a robotic photographer-chemist-geologist on its surface. In just … Continue reading →

On November 12, Philae will land near this spot on Comet 67P/C-G. Sizes on some boulders are shown for scale. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team
Dreams are the start of everything. But realizing one requires hard work, determination and occasionally some hard cash. Here’s an audacious dream: Let’s send a spaceship to orbit a comet and land a robotic photographer-chemist-geologist on its surface.
We pull back from the comet in this much wider view of the landing site region. It’s tricky to tell but the front lobe or “head” is in the foreground; the larger lobe in the background. Credit: ESA/Rosetta
In just 10 days, on November 12th at 2:35 in the morning (CST), the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft will dispatch Philae to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimemnko. The washing machine-sized lander will drop from a height of 14 miles (22.5 km) and land at “Site J” on the dusty surface of the smaller of the comet’s twin ...

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