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Rosetta Lander - Landing and operations on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Ulamec, Stephan and Fantinati, Cinzia and Maibaum, Michael and Geurts, Koen and Biele, Jens and Jansen, Sven and Küchemann, Oliver and Cozzoni, Barbara and Finke, Felix and Lommatsch, Valentina and Moussi-Soffys, Aurelie and Delmas, Cedric and O'Rourke, Laurence (2016) Rosetta Lander - Landing and operations on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Acta Astronautica, 125, pp. 80-91. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2015.11.029 ISBN ISSN 0094-5765 ISSN 0094-5765

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Abstract

The Rosetta Lander Philae is part of the ESA Rosetta Mission which reached comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko after a 10 year cruise in August 2014. Since then, Rosetta has been studying both its nucleus and coma with instruments aboard the Orbiter. On November 12th, 2014 the Lander, Philae, was successfully delivered to the surface of the comet and operated for approximately 64 h after separation from the mother spacecraft. Since the active cold gas system aboard the Lander as well as the anchoring harpoons did not work, Philae bounced after the first touch-down at the planned landing site “Agilkia”. At the final landing site, “Abydos”, a modified First Scientific Sequence was performed. Due to the unexpectedly low illumination conditions and a lack of anchoring the sequence had to be adapted in order to minimize risk and maximize the scientific output. All ten instruments could be activated at least once, before Philae went into hibernation. In June 2015, the Lander contacted Rosetta again having survived successfully a long hibernation phase. This paper describes the Lander operations around separation, during descent and on the surface of the comet. We also address the partly successful attempts to re-establish contact with the Lander in June/July, when the internal temperature & power received were sufficient for Philae to become active again.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/105276/
Document Type:Article
Title:Rosetta Lander - Landing and operations on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Ulamec, StephanDLR-Köln, stephan.ulamec (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Fantinati, CinziaDLR-Köln, cinzia.fantinati (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Maibaum, MichaelDLR-Köln, michael.maibaum (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Geurts, KoenDLR-Köln, koen.geurts (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Biele, JensDLR-Köln, jens.biele (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Jansen, SvenDLR-Köln, sven.jansen (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Küchemann, OliverDLR-Köln, oliver.kuechemann (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Cozzoni, BarbaraDLR-Köln, barbara.cozzoni (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Finke, FelixDLR-KölnUNSPECIFIED
Lommatsch, ValentinaDLR-Köln, valentina.lommatsch (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Moussi-Soffys, AurelieCNES ToulouseUNSPECIFIED
Delmas, CedricCNES ToulouseUNSPECIFIED
O'Rourke, LaurenceESAC, MadridUNSPECIFIED
Date:August 2016
Journal or Publication Title:Acta Astronautica
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:125
DOI :10.1016/j.actaastro.2015.11.029
Page Range:pp. 80-91
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0094-5765
ISBN:ISSN 0094-5765
Status:Published
Keywords:Rosetta, Philae, Lander, Comet, Operations, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
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:04 Oct 2016 17:19
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:02

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