Rosetta’s final path


Animation of Rosetta’s final trajectory in the last 10 days of its mission at Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

On 24 September 2016, Rosetta will leave a close flyover orbit and transfer into the start of a 16 x 23 km orbit that will be used to prepare and line up for the final descent. In the evening of 29 September (20:50 GMT) Rosetta will manoeuvre onto a collision course with the comet, beginning the descent from an altitude of 19 km. The spacecraft will fall freely, without further manoeuvres, collecting scientific data during the descent.

The trajectory shown in this animation is created from real data provided in the last month, but may not necessarily follow the exact distance/time details because of natural deviations in the trajectory associated with the comet’s gravity and outgassing.

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  1. This calculation video for the end of the 'Amy Rose' (Philae-Rosetta) mission isn't precise, there're few anomalies.

    Near the end, the probe just suddenly dropped as if it was dragged by a Tractor Beam. It happened in 2100 UTC 29 September 2016.

    Actual impact occured at 1040 UTC 30 September 2016.

    1040 ← 14 / 10-4 (Ten Four)?
    Or maybe Form 1040?

    Therefore, it seems that they intentionally planned to have the official announcement as a coded message.

    In 11 September 2016, they planned to execute the 'Drop' orbit correction in 'a few days'.

    But obviously it got delayed, because it's 'a few days' again in 22 September 2016.

    In this movie (version in 1300 UTC 23 September), it occured in 0900 UTC 23 September 2016. And another correction at 0900 at 26 September 2016.

    Philae-Rosetta… Ha! Ha! Ha! We know on why NASA JPL – Stanford University named their robotic Asteroid Coaster probe that way. It's going to reach for the stars and find its own way.

    Philae-Rosetta's other code is PR.
    Bring on the Jaegers!

  2. Now that they found Philae, it would have been great if they could have used Rosetta to nudge it or hook it out of its crevice.
    The freefall landing velocity will be low anyway, but why not use a small amount of fuel to soften the landing and extend the time available for data collection?

  3. Разбили апарат потому что уже устали произносить название кометы. Бля иностранцев попробуй такой выговорить. Блин

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