CONGRATS TO ESA & ROSETTA ON BECOMING THE 1ST TO EVER ORBIT A COMET

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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

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2 Responses to CONGRATS TO ESA & ROSETTA ON BECOMING THE 1ST TO EVER ORBIT A COMET

  1. Jay Dee says:

    Reblogged this on I Read Encyclopedias for Fun and commented:
    Rosetta has finally arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This is this year’s solar system encounter, and it should prove to be a very interesting one. The comet is strangely shaped, and the pictures Rosetta has returned are amazing. Later this year, in November, the lander Philae will land on the comet and we’ll have our first view of a comet from the ground. Next year’s great encounters are with the dwarf planets Pluto and Ceres.
    This blog post I’m reblogging has a great list of links you can check out.

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