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Rosetta Comet Mission close proximity operations at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and landing Philae

Biele, J. and Ulamec, S. and Jurado, E. and Canalias, E. and Blazquez, A. and Martin, T. and Küppers, M. (2013) Rosetta Comet Mission close proximity operations at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and landing Philae. LPSC 2013, 18. - 22. März 2013, Houston, Texas.

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Abstract

The first ever dedicated comet Lander is Philae, an element of ESA´s Rosetta mission to comet 67/P Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Rosetta was launched in 2004. After about 7 years of interplanetary cruise (including three Earth and one Mars swing-by as well as two asteroid flybys) the spacecraft went into a deep space hibernation in June 2011. When approaching the target comet in early 2014, Rosetta is re-activated. The cometary nucleus will be characterized remotely to prepare Lander delivery, currently foreseen for November 2014. Comet escort by the spacecraft will continue until end 2015, beyond the peak comet activity at perihelion. In contrast to small body flyby missions (e.g., the Giotto mission to Halley's comet in 1986), Rosetta will actually orbit or "quasi-orbit" the comet nucleus, being inside it's Hill sphere. We discuss spacecraft navigation issues , comet characterization, the landing site selection process and Lander delivery.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/81707/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Rosetta Comet Mission close proximity operations at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and landing Philae
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Biele, J.DLR-Köln, jens.biele (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Ulamec, S.DLR-Köln, stephan.ulamec (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Jurado, E.CNES ToulouseUNSPECIFIED
Canalias, E.CNES ToulouseUNSPECIFIED
Blazquez, A.CNES ToulouseUNSPECIFIED
Martin, T.CNES ToulouseUNSPECIFIED
Küppers, M.ESA/ESAC MadridUNSPECIFIED
Date:18 March 2013
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:Philae, Rosetta Comet Mission
Event Title:LPSC 2013
Event Location:Houston, Texas
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:18. - 22. März 2013
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Projekt ROSETTA Lander (old)
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > User center for space experiments (MUSC)
Deposited By: Herrmann, Astrid
Deposited On:21 Mar 2013 13:56
Last Modified:27 Mar 2013 12:36

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