Posted on 26/09/2016 by emily
Visualising Rosetta’s descent
Imagine how Rosetta's descent might look if you were an observer at Comet 67P/C-G! This new animation visualises the final stages of Rosetta's descent to Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on 30 September 2016. The sequence is speeded up to show...
Posted on 15/07/2014 by emily
The third ‘fat’ burn
We’re heading for the final 10,000 km between Rosetta and comet 67P/C-G today, with four of ten rendezvous burns left to complete before arriving on 6 August. Tomorrow’s burn is the third of four so-called ‘Far...
Posted on 08/07/2014 by emily
Half way through the burns!
Five down, five to go! We’re now half way through the rendezvous burn manoeuvres needed to put Rosetta on course with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and tomorrow will check off the sixth. Tomorrow’s burn is also the second of...
Posted on 02/07/2014 by emily
Rosetta smells its exhaust
Just in time to coincide with today’s orbit correction manoeuvre, we have a great blog update contributed by Kathrin Altwegg, from the ROSINA science team at the University of Bern. A spacecraft is made out of terrestrial...
Posted on 01/07/2014 by Daniel
Four done, six to go: Burning down to comet rendezvous
But while the required delta-v’s are getting smaller, so, too, are the reaction times available to the Rosetta team if anything goes wrong with a burn.
Posted on 18/06/2014 by Daniel
Thrusters ON – update for 15:40 CEST
Photo taken about 55 mins ago in the Rosetta control room at ESOC as the temperatures of the four thrusters being used in today's orbit correction manoeuvre started to rise, indicating the burn had started! Thruster temperatures...
Posted on 17/06/2014 by Daniel
The Big Burns Part 3
On Wednesday, 18 June, Rosetta will conduct the third in a series of three ‘Big Burns’, which are themselves part of the ten-burn series of orbit correction manoeuvres taking us to comet 67P/C-G.
Posted on 03/06/2014 by Daniel
The Big Burns – Part 2
It's burn week in space again! Rosetta's next orbit correction manoeuvre – #BigBurn2 – is set for tomorrow, and is set to run for about 6hr:41mins and achieve a delta-v of 269.5 m/sec.
Posted on 22/05/2014 by Daniel
Rosetta’s first Big Burn complete
The Rosetta team reports that last night's orbit correction manoeuvre (OCM) – or thruster burn – was completed as planned, providing the first of three big orbital 'pushes' to get the spacecraft lined up for comet arrival...
Posted on 20/05/2014 by Daniel
The Big Burns – Part 1
Tomorrow, Rosetta will conduct a massive orbit correction manoeuvre (OCM) deep in our Solar System, switching on its thrusters for a bit less than 8 hours to reduce its speed relative to comet 67P by a whopping...