Thursday, 19 February 2015

ESA releases images of Rosetta's comet close encounter

In a space-age game of chicken, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta probe made its closest approach to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko last weekend. The spacecraft, which has ceased orbiting the comet due to 67P's increased activity as it approaches the Sun, came within 6 km (3.7 mi) of the surface over the Imhotep region of the larger of the comet’s two lobes, with the up close and personal maneuver taking place, appropriately enough, on Valentine's Day... Continue Reading ESA releases images of Rosetta's comet close encounter

Section: Space

Tags: Comets, ESA, Rosetta, Spacecraft

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