Sunday, December 8, 2013

Rosetta and Philae at Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko

Artist’s impression of the Rosetta orbiter deploying the Philae lander to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. After an extensive mapping phase by the orbiter in August–September 2014, a landing site will be selected for Philae to conduct in situ measurements in November 2014. The image is not to scale; the Rosetta spacecraft measures 32 m across including the solar arrays, while the comet nucleus is thought to be about 4 km wide.

Illustration credit: ESA–C. Carreau/ATG medialab

Note: For more information, see Comet Artist Impression, Rosetta, Philae, Philae Landing on Comet, and Philae Touch Down.

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