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Re: Rosetta has arrived!!! [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #870348
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Northern hemisphere schools will be out for summer vacation, but others, summer schools, families may be interested in a printable cut-out of Rosetta. Here it is, whether or not you want to enter ESA's contest.

Cut-out Rosetta model

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Re: Rosetta has arrived!!! [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #870607
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Here is a card to download & print to say where you are going if you want to use in a submission for their competition. And remember the hashtag for social media is #RosettaAreWeThereYet.

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Re: Rosetta has arrived!!! [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #870923
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There's an entry form on this page and it shows the winners of spot prizes which are already being awarded.

One of the spot prize winners made me laugh.


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Re: Rosetta has arrived!!! [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #873124
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Here is the picture Rosetta took of Comet C-G on July 29. As you can see, it's an odd shape and has two lobes. This will make the maneuvers needed to get the probe into orbit around the comet very difficult and complex. But after all Rosetta's years in space and all the miles she's traveled to rendezvous with this comet, let's hope that it's successful.


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Re: Rosetta has arrived!!! [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #873405
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Rosetta is almost there. Yesterday she was closer to the comet than the International Space Station is to the Earth. The final orbital insertion will be happening soon - if successful, Rosetta will be the first space probe to go into orbit around a comet.

Here is a collage of photos which Rosetta has taken over the last few days as she gets ever closer to Comet C-G.


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Re: Rosetta has arrived!!! [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #873527
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On Wednesday, August 6th, at 4.00 a.m. EDT, Rosetta will, at last, rendezvous with Comet C-G. The European Space Agency (ESA) is going to stream this live. Here is ESA's livestream. You can have a look at it now, before it begins the streaming, to find out more about Rosetta.


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Rosetta has arrived!!! #873606
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The European Space Agency has just reported: We have arrived at the comet! Thruster burn complete.

Rosetta will soon start on her mission to study the comet, which will certainly involve rethinking ideas about comets. You can read more about the history of the Rosetta mission here.

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Re: Rosetta has arrived!!! [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #875628
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ESA announced yesterday that there were five candidate sites for the Philae lander.

There are all sorts of factors to take into account in order to make the best choice, and there's been only a few weeks to gather information. For example, all five sites seem to meet the requirement of getting enough sunlight to recharge Philae's batteries, but not so much Sun as to cause overheating. But the terrain also has to be suitable for the landing - they will be studying this further.

Here is an ESA infographic about Rosetta and Philae.


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Re: Rosetta has arrived!!! [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #875965
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ESA has made a cute little video thanking those who took part in their "Rosetta, are we there yet?" photo competition. It shows what part of the world some of the entries came from and the photos themselves.

Did any of them come from where you live?


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Re: Rosetta has arrived!!! [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #876317
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ESA awarded the top prizes for their photographic competition last week. Here is the winning entry. The prize is attendance at ESA’s operations centre in Germany in November, for the VIP event celebrating the first landing on a comet.

Here is the gallery of entries for the competition.


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