Rosetta has finally arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This is this year’s solar system encounter, and it should prove to be a very interesting one. The comet is strangely shaped, and the pictures Rosetta has returned are amazing. Later this year, in November, the lander Philae will land on the comet and we’ll have our first view of a comet from the ground.Next year’s great encounters are with the dwarf planets Pluto and Ceres.
This blog post I’m reblogging has a great list of links you can check out.
Image Credit & Copyright: ESA Rosetta Spacecraft.
Not going to spend a lot of time going into details as you would have to be living under a rock to not know the more than 10 year story of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission. But instead I wanted to offer congratulations and thank all involved with the mission for a great success this morning in becoming the first to ever enter into orbit around a comet. Yet another great achievement by ESA and its partners.
Aside from the WOW factor this mission has in content and imagery it’s been a real treat to see the world follow along with nervous anticipation as the last few weeks and months unfolded. The mission however, has only just begun. They must still land the Philae lander later this year and then ride the comet around the Sun.
As I understand it, the spacecraft…
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