The rose rosseta set out to meet the comet

7 May

The rose rosseta set out to meet the comet

Ten years ago, the European Space Agency launched a probe named Rosetta, which aims to meet Comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The vehicle has just been awakened from hibernation and will soon begin the final stage of its mission.

Rosetta was sent to space in 2004 and directed to meet with astronomer 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko, who is visiting our solar system for astronomers. In order to save energy, after the route was set, the probe was put into hibernation, over 800 million kilometers away, and is currently located near Jupiter.

Scientists have just woken her from hibernation so she can complete her final mission. Now it will be approaching the comet so that in August it could send a lander called Philae to it, which will collect samples of rocks and ice.

If everything goes well, we will soon learn the composition of 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which will allow us to better investigate this comet, and perhaps also determine where it arrives.

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