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Rosetta arrives at comet destination

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 11:53 AM

Rosetta arrives at comet destination


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6 August 2014 After a decade-long journey chasing its target, ESA’s Rosetta has today become the first spacecraft to rendezvous with a comet, opening a new chapter in Solar System exploration.

Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko and Rosetta now lie 405 million kilometres from Earth, about half way between the orbits of Jupiter and Mars, rushing towards the inner Solar System at nearly 55 000 kilometres per hour.                

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 11:57 AM

View PostWaspie_Dwarf, on 06 August 2014 - 11:53 AM, said:

Rosetta arrives at comet destination



Watching BBC news at this moment about this!

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 12:25 PM

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234 KM / 145 Miles

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 12:48 PM

View PostMerc14, on 06 August 2014 - 12:25 PM, said:

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234 KM / 145 Miles

There is a larger version of that image in the UM image gallery HERE.

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 12:59 PM

ROSETTA life stream ESA:
http://www.livestrea...eurospaceagency
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PS: looking at the pic of 67P and to the right end of the comet, I expect the first CTs claiming the comet is hollow
and so an alien mothership/base, within the next 5hrs.
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Posted 06 August 2014 - 01:01 PM

More new images:



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 01:53 PM

I can't help myself...but it looks like something you could find on your plate at KFC.....

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 02:10 PM

Beautiful images.  Will be amazing when 67P starts outgassing and we have a front row seat to view teh changes.

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 04:45 PM

Incredible stuff.

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 04:46 PM

Wow thanks for info, its great to see live video show about this. Very strange shape of the comet indeed.

Right now there are questions from public being answered in live video link that @toast posted. Interesting info.

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 04:53 PM

+1 for humanity!

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 05:27 PM

The appearance of the comet is remarkable; so different from the rounded, 'potato-shaped' comet nuclei we have seen in the past. The latest image of the object as a whole shows two blocky lobes, connected by a thin, somewhat sinuous looking 'neck'. On the smaller of the two lobes, and opposite the point of connection, there appears to be a large crater, about half the diameter of this lobe. Given the low density of this object, and its presumed fragility, it seem remarkable that it survived the impact, intact.

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 05:29 PM

In November the Philae lander will deploy and land on the surface
http://en.wikipedia....i/Philae_lander

There are videos at ESA but they freeze my work browser so just google "Philae Lander" for links.  This is a truly special mission and promises some amazing science.

For those just tuning in, here is a video of how Rosetta got to the comet:
https://www.youtube....h?v=ktrtvCvZb28

Edited by Merc14, 06 August 2014 - 05:42 PM.

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 06:04 PM

it took 10 years to get there to do only 15 months of work. I wonder how fast they thought it would get there when the spacecraft first left I bet noone thought it would take 10 years.


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 06:09 PM

View PostMikenator, on 06 August 2014 - 06:04 PM, said:

it took 10 years to get there to do only 15 months of work. I wonder how fast they thought it would get there when the spacecraft first left I bet noone thought it would take 10 years.

Page 6 of this presentation proves you wrong. Scientist are good enough at math to know how loong it takes to rendezvous with a comet.

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