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Rosetta lined up for lander delivery

Rosetta conducted an important manoeuvre this morning that shifted it onto the orbit it will maintain until 12 November, when Philae is set for dispatch to the surface of comet 67P/C-G.

Rosetta enroute to pre-delivery orbit

Today's burn put Rosetta on a very elliptical trajectory rapidly moving the spacecraft away from the 10-km orbit. On 31 October, the mission control team will perform another manoeuvre to enter onto the pre-delivery orbit.

Can you spot Rosetta in this scale image? It's 125x smaller than 67P/C-G. Credit: ESA

Last of the FATties

With about 4500 km separating Rosetta from comet 67P/C-G, the spacecraft will conduct the last of four FAT – ‘Far Approach Trajectory’ – orbit correction manoeuvres later today.