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  1. Rosetta and Philae primed to uncover cometary secrets

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    March 3, 2005

    Rosetta and Philae will be swinging past our planet on Tuesday 13 November to gain a slingshot assist from Earth’s gravity that will put them on course to rendezvous with their target comet in 2014. At the end of September, the Scientific Operations and Navigation Centre at the Toulouse Space Centre took advantage of a slack period in the mission schedule preceding this flyby to check out the science experiments it will be controlling.

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  2. Rosetta to swing by Earth on 13 November

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    November 9, 2009

    A few days from now, the European probe will make another Earth flyby and receive a gravitational assist towards its final destination, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The spacecraft will pass within 2,500 km of our planet.

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  3. Philae to land on comet 67P on 12 November

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    September 26, 2014

    The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced that its Rosetta spacecraft will deploy the Philae lander on 12 November. The chosen landing site will be finally confirmed on 14 October.

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  4. Rosetta set to wake up on 20 January 2014

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    October 25, 2013

    ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft, launched in 2004, is set to awake from its extended deep-space hibernation in less than 40 days as it nears its ultimate destination, comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Teams at the Toulouse Space Centre are preparing for the encounter.

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  5. Rosetta successfully swings by Mars

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    December 27, 2006

    After swinging by Mars at an altitude of 250 km Sunday morning, Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft is now on track to continue its long journey to Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which it will reach in 2014.

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  6. Rosetta encounters a rare asteroid

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    August 6, 2008

    The European Rosetta probe is set to encounter a small asteroid called Steins on 5 September. This flyby—halfway to the probe’s ultimate target, comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko—will provide an opportunity to gather key information about a still poorly understood family of asteroids.

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  7. A comet in two parts

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    July 17, 2014

    The nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko seems to be composed of two parts. The latest pictures have caused something of a stir among scientists.

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  8. Philae landing site selected

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    September 15, 2014

    After a busy weekend at CNES in Toulouse, Rosetta mission managers have chosen Philae’s landing site: on 11 November, if all goes according to plan, Europe’s lander module will touch down at Site J, located on the ‘head’ of comet 67P.

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  9. Rosetta: Five landing sites selected for Philae

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    August 25, 2014

    Two and a half months before the long-awaited touchdown of Philae, scores of scientists from ESA, CNES, DLR and other agencies and laboratories convened at CNES in Toulouse this weekend, to draw up a list of five suitable landing sites on the nucleus of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P). Touchdown is still on-schedule for mid-November.

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  10. Rosetta wakes up from deep space hibernation

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    January 15, 2014

    Operators at ESA’s mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, received confirmation that the Rosetta spacecraft had woken up in the early evening of 20 January. After 10 years in space, the probe is now ready to pursue its path en route to comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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  11. Steins unveils its secrets

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    July 15, 2009

    Last September, the European Rosetta probe sent back pictures immortalizing a rare asteroid called Steins. Now, after in-depth analysis of data collected during the flyby, the small rocky body is starting to unveil its secrets.

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  12. Rosetta mission: Philae lander 'wakes up' as planned

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    January 15, 2014

    The small robotic lander, which will be dropped onto comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November, was woken from its deep-space 'hibernation' today. This is a crucial milestone in the Rosetta mission, after wake-up of the orbiter in January. CNES is ready to receive the 1st science data from Philae.

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  13. Rosetta reaches its destination

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    August 6, 2014

    After flawlessly completing a 10th rendezvous braking manoeuvre since 7 May, Rosetta arrived today at its destination and is now 100 km from the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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  14. Rosetta fait un nouveau pas vers le noyau

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    September 3, 2014

    Après avoir passé plusieurs semaines à parcourir 2 trajectoires pyramidales devant le noyau de la comète 67P, Rosetta effectue le 3 septembre une manœuvre de transfert vers 30 km d’altitude, distance qu’elle atteindra le 10 septembre.

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