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Rosetta Mission Update
« on: November 11, 2014, 02:02:45 PM »
As many forum members will be aware, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft will attempt the first ever landing on the surface of a comet tomorrow afternoon, Wednesday Nov 12.

The key moments on Wednesday will be:
 
06:00 - Rosetta delivery manoeuvre
07:35 - Final Go/No go
09:03 - Philae separates from Rosetta
09:43 - Loss of Rosetta signal during post-delivery manoeuvre
10:53 - Regain signal from Rosetta
11:59 - First descent data
16:02 - Predicted landing time
17:35 - Expected receipt of first 360 deg panorama
 
All times are UTC (GMT), Earth received time. Events at the spacecraft happen 28 minutes earlier.

You can also hear what Nick James, the Lead Engineer for the project at BAE Systems in Chelmsford had to say in a video released this morning on the BAA website here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3jXMELkccQ

You can also go here to find out more:

http://www.britastro.org/article_render/5817

For those not that interested in the science, why not have a look at the rather nice promo video for the mission.  It's called "Ambition" and you can find it here:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=H08tGjXNHO4
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Re: Rosetta Mission Update
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2014, 02:09:30 PM »
Yeah, there is a program on Discovery next Sunday about this mission, already set my Tivo Planner for it. :-)

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Re: Rosetta Mission Update
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2014, 04:52:44 PM »
Thanks for the heads up - must try and catch that too.  Here's hoping it's a success.
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Re: Rosetta Mission Update
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2014, 10:14:43 AM »
Got the live video feed on the website too.  [emoji437][emoji106]


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Re: Rosetta Mission Update
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2014, 10:31:15 AM »
Thanks for the heads up - must try and catch that too.  Here's hoping it's a success.

Actually, it might be NatGeo its on......
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Re: Rosetta Mission Update
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2014, 05:53:38 PM »
Well done ESA! :)
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Re: Rosetta Mission Update
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2014, 06:01:13 PM »
Nice one....... Now what will we learn?

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