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ESA - Rosetta updates
« on: 02/15/2007 06:25 PM »
Rosetta correctly lined up for critical Mars swingby

ESA mission controllers have confirmed Rosetta is on track for a critical 250-km Mars swingby on 25 February. Engineers have started final preparations for the delicate operation, which includes an eclipse, a signal blackout, precise navigation and complex ground tracking.

More at:
http://www.esa.int/rosetta

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Re: ESA - Rosetta updates
« Reply #1 on: 02/20/2007 04:11 PM »
More:

Red Planet gives gravity assist for ESA's comet-chasing Rosetta mission.

View this Vodcast at:
http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Rosetta/SEM7FNBE8YE_0.html

Or visit the Rosetta site for more information:
http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Rosetta/index.html

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Re: ESA - Rosetta updates
« Reply #2 on: 02/22/2007 02:58 PM »
Thanks for this

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Re: ESA - Rosetta updates
« Reply #3 on: 02/23/2007 08:06 PM »
The timeline for Rosetta's speedy swingby of Mars on 25 February includes a series of slew manoeuvres, an occultation and signal blackout, an eclipse and some excellent opportunities for scientific observations.

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http://www.esa.int/rosetta

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« Reply #4 on: 02/25/2007 01:19 AM »
Spectacular view approaching Mars

Earlier today, on its approach to Mars, Rosetta's navigation camera (NAVCAM) captured a spectacular image of the Red Planet, just a few hours before the spacecraft's second planetary swingby on its incredible 10-year journey to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMM15CE8YE_index_0.html

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Re: ESA - Rosetta updates
« Reply #5 on: 02/25/2007 04:24 AM »
:bleh: First Photos from Rosetta Mars Flyby  :cool:

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Re: ESA - Rosetta updates
« Reply #6 on: 02/25/2007 10:30 AM »
At 03:57 CET today, mission controllers at ESOC, ESA's Space Operations Centre in Germany, confirmed Rosetta's successful swingby of Mars, a key milestone in the 7.1-thousand-million km journey of this unique spacecraft to its target comet in 2014.

http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMWZ5CE8YE_index_0.html

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Re: ESA - Rosetta updates
« Reply #7 on: 02/25/2007 10:30 AM »
No.09-2007 - Paris, 25 February 2007

Rosetta comet-chaser takes a close look at planet Mars

There was considerable relief today at ESA's space operations centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany. In the early hours, spacecraft controllers, orbital mechanics experts, engineers and scientists were able to witness a spacecraft playing 'cosmic billiards'. Between 03:13 and 03:40 CET,  ESA's comet chaser, Rosetta, swung by Mars at a distance of only 250 kilometres and then whooshed away from the Red Planet, on a brand new path, continuing on a journey that will ultimately take it beyond Jupiter's orbit.  

Its final destination is comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which it will reach only in 2014, after travelling some 6000 million kilometres in 10 years (its epic voyage began on 2 March 2004 with a launch by an Ariane 5 rocket). Rosetta will next be heading for the Sun, and its journey will require two more swing-bys around the Earth, in November this year and November 2009.

Once at its destination, Rosetta will first deposit, from a height of about one kilometre, a small but very complex lander on the comet's nucleus. This lander, a sort of miniature chemical laboratory packed with sophisticated instruments, will analyse the surface and provide information on the nucleus. The Rosetta probe will then chase the comet for one year and observe its nucleus as it continues on its trip towards the inner solar system at a speed of 135,000 km per hour.
 
There is still a long way to go, but so far everything seems to be going exactly according to plan. ESA's Director of Science, David Southwood, witnessing the Mars swing-by at ESOC with scientists involved in the mission and the operations teams, said: "Interplanetary expeditions rely on very complex communication links. ESA's mission operations centre here in Darmstadt is doing a great job. I and all the scientists involved in the mission are grateful to the experts who are taking such good care of 'our baby'. And this is only the beginning. The true excitement of targeting and releasing the lander on the comet's nucleus is yet to come. Today we have reached another milestone on the way to finding an answer to questions such as whether life on Earth began with the help of comets."

"The successful Mars swingby of the ESA Rosetta spacecraft has been the most critical event in the mission since launch. Now we are heading back to Earth in order to gain, in November this year, further momentum for the subsequent visits of the asteroids and the comet. I would like to thank all those who have contributed to this achievement", said Manfred Warhaut, Head of the Mission Operations Department.  
     
During the approach to Mars, instruments onboard Rosetta - as well as on its lander -  were switched on at predefined times to observe the environment and take imagery of the Red Planet. In September 2008 and July 2010, when it is deep inside the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, Rosetta will also observe the asteroids Stein and Lutetia close up.  

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Re: ESA - Rosetta updates
« Reply #8 on: 02/25/2007 10:30 AM »
This series of beautiful images taken by Rosetta's Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging System (OSIRIS), shows planet Mars in the pre-close-approach phase.

http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMUDT70LYE_index_0.html

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Re: ESA - Rosetta updates
« Reply #9 on: 02/25/2007 12:23 PM »
love the "cloud" pic...
http://www.esa.int/images/mars_green_red_ratio2_H.JPG
cheers jb
BTW
Is it me or is this the fastest release of pictures from an ESA mission in a long time.  I still don't think they have released the smart-1 pics :)

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« Reply #10 on: 02/25/2007 02:47 PM »
Don't think I've seen a photo quite like this one:

http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMFTZM0LYE_index_0.html
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« Reply #11 on: 02/25/2007 03:23 PM »

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jmjawors - 25/2/2007 4:47 PM

Don't think I've seen a photo quite like this one:

http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMFTZM0LYE_index_0.html

Wow, you said it! It's totally spectacular and gives a unique sense of being just there, above Mars! Simply astonishing!

http://www.esa.int/images/CIVA_Mars_30_H.jpg" border="0" />

-DaviD-

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« Reply #12 on: 02/25/2007 04:40 PM »
This picture is completely amazing !!!
It made me fall off my chair !!
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Re: ESA - Rosetta updates
« Reply #13 on: 02/25/2007 04:45 PM »
Awesome pic... Makes you wonder when we'll see images of astronauts soaring high above the Red Planet...

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Re: ESA - Rosetta updates
« Reply #14 on: 02/25/2007 04:51 PM »
Having part of the spacecraft in the image puts a reference there that makes it incredible. Wow.

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« Reply #15 on: 02/26/2007 02:40 AM »
I've got the true color global image of Mars as my wallpaper.  Those are awesome pics.
I'll even excitedly look forward to "flags and footprints" and suborbital missions. Just fly...somewhere.

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« Reply #16 on: 02/26/2007 11:37 AM »
The images are very impressive. Thanks for posting this thread.

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Re: ESA - Rosetta updates
« Reply #17 on: 03/02/2007 08:40 PM »
ESA and NASA are mounting a joint campaign to observe Jupiter over the next few weeks with two different spacecraft. Rosetta will watch the big picture from its current position near Mars, whilst New Horizons will take close-up data as it speeds past the largest planet in our Solar System on its journey to Pluto.

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http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Rosetta/SEMTUJN0LYE_0.html

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Re: ESA - Rosetta updates
« Reply #18 on: 10/19/2007 05:17 PM »
Yesterday, 18 October at 18:06 CEST, the thrusters of ESA's comet chaser, Rosetta, were fired in a planned, 42-second trajectory correction manoeuvre designed to 'fine tune' the spacecraft's approach to Earth. Rosetta is now approaching Earth for its second planetary swing-by of 2007.

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http://www.esa.int/esaSC/SEMKB9JJX7F_index_0.html

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Re: ESA - Rosetta updates
« Reply #19 on: 11/07/2007 03:09 AM »
EuroNews looks at comets and the challenges of ESA's Rosetta mission, currently on its ten-year journey to meet comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMDVQUOM8F_index_0.html

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