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Rosetta Mission Arrives at Comet [Aug. 6th, 2014|09:37 am]
Nicodemus
Rosetta comet rendezvous is a triumph for the European Space Agency



Rosetta has finally arrived and the first images coming back are fantastic!
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2014-08-07 01:06 am (UTC)
And it still looks like a battered rubber ducky. =:) (Is that an actual crater at the right edge, I wonder?)

FWIW, the coming "orbits" are visualised over here - a series of triangular passes, before going closer in, in a couple stages, at 30 and 10km, before the lander's sent off to the chosen site.

All fairly amazing. Even moreso when you think what the state of the art in aviation technology was, but a century ago. (And photography, and electronics..) Humanity can achieve some astounding things, when it wants to.. !
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2014-08-07 04:44 am (UTC)
Holy cow... I'd seen the orbital approach described but not visualized. What intricate maneuvering this will be!
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[User Picture]From: araquan
2014-08-07 03:37 am (UTC)
I can't wait to see what we learn from this mission.
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[User Picture]From: whitetail
2014-08-07 11:09 am (UTC)
One of the most incredible space images I've seen in my whole lifetime.
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