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Re: Video of Rosetta
« Reply #135 on: Jan 06, 2020, 13:44:57 »
Wow !! The relection of the comet in the solar panels is something else!!!....
Thanks for posting.
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Re: Video of Rosetta
« Reply #136 on: Jan 06, 2020, 14:24:16 »
It certainly is stunning.



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Re: News of the Comet-hunting Rosetta mission
« Reply #137 on: Jan 10, 2020, 10:26:57 »
A wonderful summary of the images from Rosetta.
Thanks for putting it up here.
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« Reply #138 on: Oct 28, 2020, 18:42:59 »
Trouble at Skull-Top Ridge: ESA boffins use data wizardry to figure out Philae probe's second touchdown site

ESA scientists have identified the location of the Philae lander's second touchdown site on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and revealed new insights about the space snowball's interior.

The fridge-sized lander was released from the Rosetta mothership back in November 2014, aiming for a landing on the surface of the comet. Things did not go entirely to plan as Philae was unable to secure itself on first touchdown, bouncing several times before settling in a location that left its solar panels unable to generate sufficient power.

The probe managed to achieve its science goals before the batteries were drained. Scientists hoped that contact might be re-established once sunlight fell on the panels but eventually declared the lander officially dead in 2016.