Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Rosetta on slow final approach

Currently, there is a satellite orbiting the following objects in the solar system:

Venus (Venus Express)
Earth (a whole lot of them)
Earth's moon (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter)
Mars (several)
Jupiter (Juno)
Ceres (Dawn)
Saturn (Cassini)
Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko (Rosetta)

As of this Friday, that list will be reduced by one, as Rosetta makes a slow approach to a slow touchdown on its forever home, the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

On the way in, much as NEAR did several years ago, they plan to take some really high resolution pictures on final approach.

Read more about it here:

Comet crash: a guide to Rosetta’s big finale

It's done a great job and produced some really tremendous pictures, lots of data, and even some surface composition data from the bouncy baby lander, Philae.

Good night, Rosetta

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