Rosetta spacecraft journey of 10 years
• Rosetta spacecraft journey of 10 years
The spacecraft Rosetta was launched on 2 March 2004, the European Space Agency. As part of this project for the first time in the history of astronautics terrestrial device went into orbit of the comet Chumakova-Gerasimenko. It is expected that the first ever landing on the surface of the earth device of the comet will be made in November.
With the help of the Rosetta spacecraft, scientists hope to learn how the solar system looked before planets formed.
This is the spacecraft Rosetta, 2004
The main purpose of the flight of the spacecraft Rosetta - a study of the comet 67P / Churyumov - Gerasimenko.
Mission "Rosetta" is very complicated. Her flight included many maneuvers in orbit with the use of the gravitational field of the Earth and Mars, with even small deviations can affect the success of the mission.
Carrier rocket "Ariane 5", which displays the Rosetta into space in 2004.
In addition to its main purpose, the spacecraft Rosetta space to shoot beautiful views. This moon and the Pacific, March 4, 2005.
This Rozzeta saw Earth March 5, 2005.
A bright point - this mysterious Mars, December 3, 2006.
Mars at a distance of about 240 000 km, 24 February 2007.
Solar battarei Rosetta apparatus against the background of Mars, on February 25, 2007. The distance - 1000 km.
The image of the moon, November 13, 2007.
Land. November 2007.
November 13, 2007 Rosetta maximum approach with the Earth. This is Antarctica.
Land. Part of South America and Antarctica, Nov. 13, 2009. The distance - 350 000 km.
The anticyclone over the South Pacific, November 13, 2014.
Asteroid Lutetia and Saturn (top) at a distance of 36,000 km. Scientists suggest that Lutetia is an ancient, primitive 'mini-planet ". Although the age of some parts of the asteroid's surface is only 50-80 million years old, while others were born 3, 6 billion years ago.
July 10, 2010 Rosetta spacecraft passed near the asteroid Lutetia at a distance of about 3160 kilometers.
A Farewell to Lutetia. Rosetta asteroid leaves and goes to its main objective - the comet Chumakova-Gerasimenko.
July 14, 2014. Approaching the comet Chumakova-Gerasimenko. Distance - 12 000 km.
This comet Chumakova-Gerasimenko, taken from a distance of 27.8 km, 10 September 2014.
The surface of the comet Chumakova-Gerasimenko, closeup, September 5, 2014. The Distance - 130 km.
Comet Churyumov - Gerasimenko was opened October 23, 1969 Klim Churyumov in Kiev on photographic plates other comets - 32P / Comas Sola taken by Svetlana Gerasimenko in September in Almaty observatory. The dimensions of the comet's nucleus - 3 * 5 km. September 5, 2014. On the right - the head of the comet.
August 7, 2014. The distance to the comet - 104 km.
Heads of mission "Rosetta" from Europe came to a consensus on the point on the comet Chumakova-Gerasimenko, which will be landed lander "Philae". The machine should move closer to the comet on 11 November. Cross indicates the place of intended landing lander "Philae".
This image was obtained using CIVA camera lander "Philae", which is on board the "Rosetta". The image was taken September 7, 2014 at a distance of about 50 km from the comet. In the field of view were part of the "Rosetta" and one of its 14-meter wings with solar panels.
Comet Churyumov - Gerasimenko, August 3, 2014. The photograph was taken from a distance of 285 kilometers.
Soon, perhaps, we will learn how the solar system looked before planets formed.