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The Rosetta Lander (PHILAE) Mission: landing on comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko and what we have learned

Biele, Jens (2016) The Rosetta Lander (PHILAE) Mission: landing on comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko and what we have learned. AIM/Cubesat Team Meeting, 26./27. Jan. 2016, Brüssel, Belgien.

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Abstract

The Rosetta Lander, Philae, landed on 67P/Churyumov Gerasimenko on 12 November 2014. Before this could happen, a landing site had to be selected within just 2 months, based on data from the Rosetta Orbiter instruments and analyses on flight dynamics and illumination profiles. Philae was programmed to perform a First Scientific Sequence, immediately following touch down, and then enter its long term science mode. The talk will report on the actual landing and the very first results. The landing was successful, though the operational sequences had to be modified ad hoc: Philae did not anchor upon first touchdown at 15:34:06 UTC but rebounded at least once, finally settling - fully operating all the while - at a place not ideal for long-term science. A wealth of science data has been received. The unexspected bounces gave estimates on the surface mechanical strength at two locations. No LTS (longterm-science mode) data could be acquired to date. Rosetta is an ESA mission with contributions from its member states and NASA. Rosetta's Philae lander is provided by a consortium led by DLR, MPS, CNES and ASI.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/102568/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:The Rosetta Lander (PHILAE) Mission: landing on comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko and what we have learned
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Biele, JensDLR-Köln, jens.biele (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:26 January 2016
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:Rosetta, Philae lander
Event Title:AIM/Cubesat Team Meeting
Event Location:Brüssel, Belgien
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:26./27. Jan. 2016
Organizer:Royal Observatory of Belgium
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Science and Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Projekt ROSETTA Lander
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > User center for space experiments (MUSC)
Deposited By: Herrmann, Astrid
Deposited On:10 Feb 2016 17:21
Last Modified:10 May 2016 23:43

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