Rosetta spirals in

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The Rosetta science team has released a video and press release describing the upcoming maneuvers as it spirals into a close orbit of Comet 67P/C-G.

I’ve posted the video below the fold. If all goes well Rosetta will be circling the comet at a distance of about six miles come October 10.



  • Robert Clark

    Ultra cool. Thanks for the link. Those smooth areas visible at the higher orbit, I wonder if they will turn out to be carbonate or clays.

    Bob Clark

  • mpthompson

    Very interesting indeed. I had no idea that orbital approach wasn’t like that of a planet, but in miniature. Instead, it’s something more akin to approaching a space station.

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