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Rosetta - Early Orbital Operations at Comet 67P C-G, August 6, 2014 - November 13, 2014
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post Aug 6 2014, 09:29 AM
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Cheers at the European Space Operations Centre.

Well done!

Rosetta has arrived smile.gif

Time for science!!!!!!!
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post Aug 6 2014, 09:46 AM
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"We're at the comet!"
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post Aug 6 2014, 09:52 AM
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Hello Comet!
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post Aug 6 2014, 09:59 AM
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They are saying Rosetta is now in a heliocentric orbit matching the comet's, on the sunward side, and will continue to move along at 100km distance without orbiting
the comet for some time yet. Being closer to the sun its orbital velocity is naturally somewhat greater, and it slowly gains ground moving ahead of the comet.
Every 4 days or so they brake and fall back behind the comet, then catch up again, describing a triangular path which maintains the 100km distance.

Looking forward to some new pictures...
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post Aug 6 2014, 10:18 AM
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QUOTE (kenny @ Aug 6 2014, 10:59 AM) *
Looking forward to some new pictures...

(GIF) Arriving...
http://blog.vitotechnology.com/?p=7165


Final approach animation (real pictures) (3 MB gif)

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/20...mation_6_August

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post Aug 6 2014, 10:20 AM
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Is the rotation period known?
Or where can I find images with original timestamps?
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post Aug 6 2014, 10:30 AM
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I was putting together a final approach animation - but there are a lot of unreleased NavCam images..

So I slowed down the final 5 frames of their animation to allow a better look

http://i.imgur.com/LiPmKB1.gif


EDIT: My 1 image per day approach version : http://i.imgur.com/VuYZN78.gif
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post Aug 6 2014, 10:48 AM
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What a bizzare shape! Awesome!

Well done ROSETTA team.... and thank you for taking us along!

Craig
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post Aug 6 2014, 11:31 AM
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(Click to enlarge.)

Need to clean up the artifacts, but I'm too tired now...


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post Aug 6 2014, 11:33 AM
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Possible landing sites marked as green spots on illumination model of shape model (Youtube)

There's a coordinate system and poles marked on that animation, too.


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post Aug 6 2014, 11:43 AM
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New OSIRIS stuff in a few hours, according to the PI.

A 2D map of C-G seems like a tough order; the projection math alone... wink.gif



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post Aug 6 2014, 12:04 PM
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What a moment in history.

And big shout-out to Astro0 for the terrific Forum banner celebrating this event! smile.gif


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post Aug 6 2014, 12:33 PM
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What an amazing place! blink.gif

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post Aug 6 2014, 12:40 PM
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More images: blink.gif
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post Aug 6 2014, 12:48 PM
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blink.gif Indeed

There is an incredible amount variable terrain for such a small object. Could sublimation be the cause or is it something else? wacko.gif
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