Image Credit & Copyright: ESA Rosetta Spacecraft.
Not going to spend a lot of time going into details as you would have to be living under a rock to not know the more than 10 year story of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission. But instead I wanted to offer congratulations and thank all involved with the mission for a great success this morning in becoming the first to ever enter into orbit around a comet. Yet another great achievement by ESA and its partners.
Aside from the WOW factor this mission has in content and imagery it’s been a real treat to see the world follow along with nervous anticipation as the last few weeks and months unfolded. The mission however, has only just begun. They must still land the Philae lander later this year and then ride the comet around the Sun.
As I understand it, the spacecraft has been taking images every hour for some time now so I cannot wait to see a Voyager-like approach video coming out soon hopefully. I have good reason to believe that we will see something like this as Rosetta has a history of beautiful imagery; enjoy!
2008 flyby of asteroid Stein: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xy9-HKvGkZs
2009 flyby of Earth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-Er59qjhGc
2010 flyby of asteroid Lutetia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8xINIJe_rk
WHERE IS ROSETTA?!! (Tracking site) http://sci.esa.int/where_is_rosetta/
WHERE IS ROSETTA?! (Real time tracking) http://theskylive.com/rosetta-info
WHERE IS COMET 67P?! (Real time tracking): http://theskylive.com/67p-info
ESA Rosetta page: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta
ESA Rosetta BLOG: http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/
ESA Science Rosetta page: http://sci.esa.int/rosetta/
Rosetta Overview: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta_overview
NASA JPL Rosetta page: https://rosetta.jpl.nasa.gov/
Science at NASA Rosetta page: http://science.nasa.gov/missions/rosetta/
Rosetta on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ESA_Rosetta
Philae Lander on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Philae2014
Rosetta on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RosettaMission
ESA on Twitter: https://twitter.com/esa
ESA Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EuropeanSpaceAgency
ESA Rosetta Images: http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Missions/Rosetta/(class)/image
NASA/JPL Rosetta Images: http://rosetta.jpl.nasa.gov/gallery/images
NASA Rosetta Images: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/rosetta_images20100710.html
ESA Rosetta Images on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/europeanspaceagency/sets/72157638315605535/
ESA Rosetta 67P images: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta/Highlights/Closer_and_closer
ESA Rosetta 67P Postcards From Rosetta: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta/Highlights/Postcards_from_Rosetta
NASA Solar System Simulator (interactive): http://space.jpl.nasa.gov/
NASA Eyes on the Solar System (interactive): http://eyes.nasa.gov/download.html