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Rosetta Over Mars

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zorg.ch
#99054 by @ 02.03.2007 00:00 - nach oben -
Rosetta Over Mars


Explanation:

Panels on ESA's
Rosetta spacecraft appear in
the foreground of
this
intriguing image
of Mars recorded on February 25
at a range of about 1,000 kilometers.

Launched in March 2004, Rosetta was near its
closest
approach
to the Red Planet during a
gravity
assist
flyby maneuver
and is ultimately destined to rendezvous with a comet
designated 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Below the
comet-chasing
spacecraft lies a dark boundary along
the martian Syrtis region.

But wait ... who took the picture?

The picture was actually captured by the imaging system (CIVA) onboard
Rosetta's lander, Philae, switched on for testing.

The three-legged, box-shaped, 100 kilogram
Philae is scheduled
to attempt a landing on the comet nucleus after
Rosetta's
rendezvous in November 2014.




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zorg.ch
#99077 by @ 05.03.2007 11:16 - nach oben -
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