Rosetta to pass Mars

ESA's Rosetta spacecraft launched back in 2004 on its 10 year mission to seek out comet Comet 67 P/Churyumov- Gerasimenko and touch down a small lander on the comet's nucleus. Rosetta's total journey length will be a whopping 7,000,000,000 km because it has to undergo several flybys of the Earth and Mars which help boost its velocity enough for it to get to the comet. This Sunday - 25th February - Rosetta will pass Mars, getting another gravity assist. The spacecraft will also make some limited observations of the red planet as it goes by.

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Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Wednesday 21st Feb 2007 (20:37 CET) | Permalink
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