February 3, 2017

CNESMAG 71 - Rosetta-Philae, the adventure continues

For certain, the Rosetta mission that ended last September with the orbiter impacting the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after a controlled descent will mark the history of space exploration. Having achieved numerous firsts, collected a wealth of data and made major discoveries, this ambitious mission—a veritable space odyssey, given the length of its journey and the operational obstacles it had to overcome— has indisputably been a huge success.

55 years after our agency’s inception, its scientists and engineers are inventing the future of space and pursuing Rosetta and Philae’s fabulous adventure—because at the end of the day, we are all in a way
 the children of the comet…

Jean-Yves Le Gall, président du CNES.

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In Video : A giant leap in understanding comets

The Rosetta mission ended last September. It’s now time for the laboratories to start sifting through the data. Only 5% of the measurements obtained from this unique mission have so far been examined.


Rosetta-Philae in fugures, complete

Do you know that Philae was as light as a feather on the comet, tipping the scales at just 1 gram due to the very weak surface gravity ?

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