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Message 1013797 - Posted: 9 Jul 2010, 17:38:04 UTC

Ahoy, shipmates!

The European Space Agency spacecraft Rosetta will perform a flyby past asteroid Lutetia tomorrow, 10 July, at 18.10 Central European Summer Time CEST. Distance between the two will be 3162 kilometres. Venue is located 454 million kilometres from Earth. Target already is in sight: http://webservices.esa.int/blog/post/5/1231.

There will be live webcast tomorrow, starting at 18.30 CEST, which I believe to be 16.30 UTC: http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Rosetta/.

Rosetta was launched six years ago, and its main purpose is to rendezvous with comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014. For this appointment, it has both lander and orbiter, and it will escort the comet for over a year.


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Message 1013808 - Posted: 9 Jul 2010, 18:02:34 UTC - in response to Message 1013797.

Ahoy, shipmates!

The European Space Agency spacecraft Rosetta will perform a flyby past asteroid Lutetia tomorrow, 10 July, at 18.10 Central European Summer Time CEST. Distance between the two will be 3162 kilometres. Venue is located 454 million kilometres from Earth. Target already is in sight: http://webservices.esa.int/blog/post/5/1231.

There will be live webcast tomorrow, starting at 18.30 CEST, which I believe to be 16.30 UTC: http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Rosetta/.

Rosetta was launched six years ago, and its main purpose is to rendezvous with comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014. For this appointment, it has both lander and orbiter, and it will escort the comet for over a year.

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Thanks Pasi!

I will save the links, and watch the webcast as the flyby happens.

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Message 1014297 - Posted: 10 Jul 2010, 14:51:19 UTC

Seems they have earlied their webcast by half an hour: http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Rosetta/.

I gather Rosetta is in the autonomous tracking or asteroid flyby mode more or less by now, ref. http://webservices.esa.int/blog/post/5/1242.


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Message 1014368 - Posted: 10 Jul 2010, 17:08:43 UTC

She did it and is back in contact after flyby maneuver. Some pre-flyby images, one from 80,000 kilometres distance, are viewable: http://webservices.esa.int/blog/post/5/1246. More to follow at 21.00 UTC: http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Rosetta/.


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Message 1014475 - Posted: 10 Jul 2010, 21:32:08 UTC

Ahoy, shipmates!

Large craters on Lutetia. Some approach images: http://webservices.esa.int/blog/post/5/1247.

The BBC reported thus: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science_and_environment/10587674.stm.

We may want to return to Rosetta’s adventures at least around 10 November 2014, when landing on comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko is in order. Rosetta mission factsheet and brochure are here: http://www.esa.int/esaSC/SEMJ09374OD_0_spk.html and http://esamultimedia.esa.int/docs/science/media/rosetta2004.pdf.


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Message 1014817 - Posted: 11 Jul 2010, 22:43:36 UTC

This makes me hope that another Stardust project will come about. Thanks for the links. Interesting read!
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Message 1038803 - Posted: 6 Oct 2010, 17:19:17 UTC

Ahoy, shipmates!

Asteroid Lutetia has thick blanket of debris,
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11470851.

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