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The search campaign to identify and Image the Philae Lander on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

O'Rourke, L. and Tubiana, C. and Güttler, C. and Lodiot, Sylvain and Munoz, Pablo and Herique, A. and Rogez, Y and Durand, J. and Charpentier, Antoine and Sierks, A. and Gutierrez-Marques, P. and Deller, J. and Grieger, B. and Andres, R. and Geiger, Bernhard and Geurts, K. and Ulamec, Stephan and Kömle, N. and Lommatsch, V. and Maibaum, Michael and Pellon, J. L. and Bielsa, C. and Garnier, R. and Taylor, M. and Martin, P. and Küppers, M. and Accomazzo, A. and Companys, V. and Bibring, J-P. and Kofman, W. and McKenna-Lawlor, S. and Salettia, M. and Gaudon, Philippe (2019) The search campaign to identify and Image the Philae Lander on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Acta Astronautica (157), pp. 199-214. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2018.12.035 ISSN 0094-5765

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Abstract

On the 12th of November 2014, the Rosetta Philae Lander descended to make the first soft touchdown on the surface of a comet – comet 67P/Churyumov- Gerasimenko. That soft touchdown did occur but due to the failure in the firing of its two harpoons, Philae bounced and travelled across the comet making contact with the surface twice more before finally landing in a shaded rocky location somewhere on the southern hemisphere of the comet. The search campaign, led by ESA, involved multiple teams across Europe with a wide range of techniques used in support of it. This search campaign would continue through 2015 where a prime candidate on the surface was identified and on into 2016 to end on the 2nd of September 2016 when a definitive and conclusive image was taken of the lander on the surface of the comet, confirming the prime candidate to indeed be Philae.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/128369/
Document Type:Article
Title:The search campaign to identify and Image the Philae Lander on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
O'Rourke, L.ESA/ESAC, MadridUNSPECIFIED
Tubiana, C.Max-Planck Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, Goettingen, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Güttler, C.Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, 37077 Göttingen, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Lodiot, SylvainESA/ESOC, DarmstadtUNSPECIFIED
Munoz, PabloESA/ESOC, DarmstadtUNSPECIFIED
Herique, A.Univ. Grenoble Alpex, IPAG, CNRS, IPAG, Grenoble, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Rogez, YUniversité Grenoble Alpes, IPAG, F-38000 Grenoble, France (2) Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble (IPAG), F-38000 Grenoble, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Durand, J.CNES, Toulouse, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Charpentier, AntoineATOS, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Sierks, A.Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, GöttingenUNSPECIFIED
Gutierrez-Marques, P.Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, GöttingenUNSPECIFIED
Deller, J.Max-Planck Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, Goettingen, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Grieger, B.ESAC, MadridUNSPECIFIED
Andres, R.Telespazio Vega UK Limited, ESAC MadridUNSPECIFIED
Geiger, BernhardESAC, MadridUNSPECIFIED
Geurts, K.VEGA, DarmstadtUNSPECIFIED
Ulamec, StephanStephan.Ulamec (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Kömle, N.Institut für Weltraumforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Graz, AustriaUNSPECIFIED
Lommatsch, V.DLR-Köln, valentina.lommatsch (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Maibaum, MichaelDLR/michael.maibaum (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Pellon, J. L.ESA/ESOC DarmstadtUNSPECIFIED
Bielsa, C.SCISYS Deutschland GmbH, DarmstadtUNSPECIFIED
Garnier, R.CS-SI Communication & Systems, ToulouseUNSPECIFIED
Taylor, M.ESA/ESTEC Noordwijk, NetherlandsUNSPECIFIED
Martin, P.ESA/ESAC, Madrid, SpainUNSPECIFIED
Küppers, M.ESA/ESAC, Madrid, SpainUNSPECIFIED
Accomazzo, A.ESA/ESOC, Darmstadt, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Companys, V.ESA /ESOC, DarmstadtUNSPECIFIED
Bibring, J-P.IAS, Orsay, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Kofman, W.LPG, GrenobleUNSPECIFIED
McKenna-Lawlor, S.Space Technology Ireland, National University of Ireland, IrelandUNSPECIFIED
Salettia, M.Italian Space AgencyUNSPECIFIED
Gaudon, PhilippeCNES ToulouseUNSPECIFIED
Date:January 2019
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
DOI :10.1016/j.actaastro.2018.12.035
Page Range:pp. 199-214
Editors:
EditorsEmail
Elsevier, LtdUNSPECIFIED
Publisher:Elsevier
Series Name:Science Direkt
ISSN:0094-5765
Status:Published
Keywords:Philae Lander, Comet 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:12 Jul 2019 14:00
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:25

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