Rosetta mission poster

Rosetta mission poster

A new milestone has been reached in space exploration and astronomy. An ESA probe has landed on a moving comet!

ESA’s probe, the Rosetta spacecraft, safely landed the Philea lander, November 12th, 2014 on the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.  According to the ESA, “the comet is about 450 million km from the Sun, before activity on the comet reaches levels that might jeopardise the safe and accurate deployment of Philae to the comet’s surface, and before surface material is modified by this activity.”

“The comet is on a 6.5-year orbit around the Sun and today is 522 million km from it. At their closest approach on 13 August 2015, just under a year from now, the comet and Rosetta will be 185 million km from the Sun, meaning an eightfold increase in the light received from the Sun.” (ESA)

Read the entire article: ROSETTA LANDING SITE SEARCH NARROWS

More About Rosetta – from the ESA:

Rosetta is an ESA mission with contributions from its Member States and NASA. Rosetta’s Philae lander is provided by a consortium led by DLR, MPS, CNES and ASI. Rosetta will be the first mission in history to rendezvous with a comet, escort it as it orbits the Sun, and deploy a lander.

Comets are time capsules containing primitive material left over from the epoch when the Sun and its planets formed. By studying the gas, dust and structure of the nucleus and organic materials associated with the comet, via both remote and in situ observations, the Rosetta mission should become the key to unlocking the history and evolution of our Solar System, as well as answering questions regarding the origin of Earth’s water and perhaps even life.

 

 

Rosetta Mission Timeline – NASA

Explore the Rosetta space mission with this amazing interactive timeline, courtesy of NASA.

Lesson Plan:  Rendevous with a Comet

Source: AZ ChallengerEducation.org

ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Philae Lander News Videos

Watch the video below to learn about this groundbreaking science event.

 

 

Citation styles

APA style
ESA Probe, Rosetta’s Philae, Lands on Comet. (2014, November 12). In ClassBrain Teens. Retrieved 23:43, February 19, 2017, from http://classbrain.net/teens/esa-probe-lands-comet/
MLA style
Cynthia Kirkeby, “ESA Probe, Rosetta’s Philae, Lands on Comet.” ClassBrain Teens. 12 November 2014, 13:13 UTC. . 19 Feb 2017 <http://classbrain.net/teens/esa-probe-lands-comet/>.
MHRA style
Cynthia Kirkeby, 'ESA Probe, Rosetta’s Philae, Lands on Comet', ClassBrain Teens, 12 November 2014, 13:13 UTC, <http://classbrain.net/teens/esa-probe-lands-comet/> [accessed 19 February 2017]
The Chicago Manual of Style
Cynthia Kirkeby, “ESA Probe, Rosetta’s Philae, Lands on Comet.” ClassBrain Teens, http://classbrain.net/teens/esa-probe-lands-comet/ [accessed February 19, 2017].
CBE/CSE style
Cynthia Kirkeby, ESA Probe, Rosetta’s Philae, Lands on Comet [Internet]. ClassBrain Teens; 2014 November 12, 13:13 UTC [cited 2017 Feb 19]. Available from: http://classbrain.net/teens/esa-probe-lands-comet/.
Bluebook style
ESA Probe, Rosetta’s Philae, Lands on Comet, http://classbrain.net/teens/esa-probe-lands-comet/ (last visited Feb. 19, 2017).
AMA style
Cynthia Kirkeby, ESA Probe, Rosetta’s Philae, Lands on Comet. ClassBrain Teens. November 12, 2014, 13:13 UTC. Available at: http://classbrain.net/teens/esa-probe-lands-comet/. Accessed February 19, 2017.

Citation styles

APA style
ESA Probe, Rosetta’s Philae, Lands on Comet. (2014, November 12). In ClassBrain Teens. Retrieved 23:44, February 19, 2017, from http://classbrain.net/teens/esa-probe-lands-comet/
MLA style
Cynthia Kirkeby, “ESA Probe, Rosetta’s Philae, Lands on Comet.” ClassBrain Teens. 12 November 2014, 13:13 UTC. . 19 Feb 2017 <http://classbrain.net/teens/esa-probe-lands-comet/>.
MHRA style
Cynthia Kirkeby, 'ESA Probe, Rosetta’s Philae, Lands on Comet', ClassBrain Teens, 12 November 2014, 13:13 UTC, <http://classbrain.net/teens/esa-probe-lands-comet/> [accessed 19 February 2017]
The Chicago Manual of Style
Cynthia Kirkeby, “ESA Probe, Rosetta’s Philae, Lands on Comet.” ClassBrain Teens, http://classbrain.net/teens/esa-probe-lands-comet/ [accessed February 19, 2017].
CBE/CSE style
Cynthia Kirkeby, ESA Probe, Rosetta’s Philae, Lands on Comet [Internet]. ClassBrain Teens; 2014 November 12, 13:13 UTC [cited 2017 Feb 19]. Available from: http://classbrain.net/teens/esa-probe-lands-comet/.
Bluebook style
ESA Probe, Rosetta’s Philae, Lands on Comet, http://classbrain.net/teens/esa-probe-lands-comet/ (last visited Feb. 19, 2017).
AMA style
Cynthia Kirkeby, ESA Probe, Rosetta’s Philae, Lands on Comet. ClassBrain Teens. November 12, 2014, 13:13 UTC. Available at: http://classbrain.net/teens/esa-probe-lands-comet/. Accessed February 19, 2017.