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Rosetta mission updates

Check out the European Space Agency’s Rosetta blog, too.

Last update, November 10, 3:27 p.m. Pacific: Switching over to this week’s Ad Astra post for links to landing coverage.

Update, November 5: The Planetary Society has a page listing all the events and information for next Tuesday’s comet landing.

And there was this little exchange on Twitter today:


Update, October 24, 2014, 4:14 p.m.: Wow!

Also, telemetry data from the Philae lander are here.

Earlier updates

Here’s an animation of Comet 67P by Mattias Malmer – imagine if you had to land a relatively tiny machine on that rotating, gas-jetting comet nucleus!


October 8, 2014, 12:31 p.m.: They’re going to deploy the Philae Lander on November 12th. Hopefully it will go as smoothly, although the comet is already starting to noticeably jet as it gets nearer to the Sun. Here is ESA’s latest mission update, from two weeks ago:

September 19, 2014, 3:32 p.m.: More jets coming off the comet have been detected coming off 67P.

Also, from earlier this week, a couple of tweets about the Philae Lander’s selected site – scheduled to land November 11 (hope the comet doesn’t become too “gassy” in the meantime:



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About BJ Deming

After getting an associate's degree in forestry, I studied geology as an undergraduate back in the 1980s but went into medical transcription instead. It just worked out better for me. The Internet renewed my interest in geoscience as a hobby, and when I retired in 2014, I decided to write a book about cat evolution. That started a new career for me (enormous fun but not self-supporting yet). Right now, besides blogging I am finishing up the first two books in a self-published ebook series about the cat family and its history. Thanks for your interest!

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