Sunday, October 23, 2016
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Rosetta probe arrives at comet after 10 years

Posted on Wednesday, 6 August, 2014 | Comment icon 86 comments

Rosetta has finally arrived at its destination. Image Credit: CC BY-3.0 DLR
The European spacecraft has finally reached its destination after traveling over 6 billion kilometers.
Launched back in March 2004 aboard an Ariane 5 rocket, Rosetta has been pursuing comet 67P across the solar system in an epic chase that has lasted more than a decade.

"After 10 years, five months and four days travelling towards our destination, looping around the Sun five times and clocking up 6.4 billion km, we are delighted to announce finally 'we are here'," said ESA's director general Jean-Jacques Dordain.

Over the last two months the probe had been gradually slowing down as it approached its destination before performing a final complex series of thruster burns and maneuvers to place it in a hyberbolic orbit at a distance of 100km from the comet.

Rosetta is now set to spend the next 15 months studying 67P in unprecedented detail using its array of on-board instruments. A small lander will also be touching down on the comet's surface to take further readings in the near future.

Source: BBC News | Comments (86)

Tags: Rosetta, Comet

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #77 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 19 August, 2014, 21:17
Today's new image: Comet on 18 August 2014 - NavCam
Comment icon #78 Posted by Merc14 on 20 August, 2014, 1:18
Today's new image: Comet on 18 August 2014 - NavCam Great image. My son is finally back and from Turkey and I am showing him these images and he is enthralled with the way this comet is structured. Good stuff waspie. ESA vids tomorrow
Comment icon #79 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 20 August, 2014, 21:24
My son is finally back and from Turkey and I am showing him these images and he is enthralled with the way this comet is structured. Another image to enthral your son: Comet on 19 August 2014 - NavCam
Comment icon #80 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 21 August, 2014, 14:14
Today's daily dose of comet: Comet on 20 August 2014 - NavCam
Comment icon #81 Posted by Merc14 on 21 August, 2014, 18:49
Another image to enthral your son: Comet on 19 August 2014 - NavCam I think it enthralled him because his image of a comet was a dirty snowball, a round object more whitish than blackish and here is Rosetta imaging a real one and it looks like this! So we got to talk about how comets are all kinds of different shapes. He wondered where the halo is so we got to talk about the coma and why 67p isn't outgassing yet. I learn a lot from you guys here that I pass on to him so thanks for that. Great stuff.
Comment icon #82 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 22 August, 2014, 16:55
Friday's image: Comet on 21 August 2014 - NavCam
Comment icon #83 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 23 August, 2014, 21:26
One for Saturday: Comet on 22 August 2014 - NavCam
Comment icon #84 Posted by toast on 30 August, 2014, 9:05
Here is a nice ESA clip showing the path of ROSETTA, catching 67P :
Comment icon #85 Posted by Merc14 on 12 September, 2014, 12:37
Rosetta takes a selfie with 67P (taken with the CIVA Camera)
Comment icon #86 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 12 September, 2014, 13:52
Do try and keep up Merc, that picture was posted in the gallery and a link provided to it in this thread: a couple of days ago. There is a reason that this thread has gone quiet, it's because New images are being posted in the newer thread.

Please Login or Register to post a comment.

  On the forums
'Air bombs' could explain Bermuda Triangle
Scientists have come up with a new theory that could help to explain the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle.
Expansion of the universe 'may be constant'
A new study has cast doubt on the idea that the universe is expanding at an increasingly rapid rate.
Did the ancient Scots eat roasted rodents ?
Forget haggis - Neolithic Scots living on the islands may have once had an appetite for the humble vole.
ExoMars lander may have exploded on impact
It looks like the Schiaparelli lander slammed in to the Martian surface after its landing system failed.
Featured book
By Guy Lyon Playfair
A look at the story of Peggy Hodgson and her four children who, between 1977 and 1979, were at the center of one of the most terrifying poltergeist cases ever documented.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Do we have two brains ?
Posted 10-22-2016 | 6 comments
It stands to reason that we only have one brain - or do we ? AsapSCIENCE investigates.
How much water is there in the sea ?
Posted 10-21-2016 | 0 comments
Over 97% of all the water on planet Earth is contained within the oceans.
A solution to the twin paradox
Posted 10-19-2016 | 0 comments
A look at a famous connundrum associated with Einstein's theory of special relativity.
Could we ever regrow our teeth ?
Posted 10-18-2016 | 1 comment
Scientists are working on a new method that could one day make it possible to regrow teeth.
Derren Brown on subliminal messaging
Posted 10-17-2016 | 1 comment
The illusionist turns the tables on two advertising executives with this mind-bending stunt.
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
Witnessing hyperspeed?
10-13-2016 | United States
Auntie doppelganger
10-13-2016 | United States
Men in Black encounters
10-13-2016 | Canada
Black magic
9-27-2016 | Mineral Wells, Texas
Crying mother
9-27-2016 | Centrol Mexico
Red-faced monster
9-14-2016 | Lox Florida
Locked door
9-14-2016 | Ho Chi Minh city/Vietnam
The visit
9-9-2016 | West Palm Beach, Fl
Translucent silent UFO
9-9-2016 | Brisbane/Australia
Sleep paralysis and strange activity
9-1-2016 | Tarpon Springs, FL

         More stories | Send us your story
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 2001-2015
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ