Rosetta To Begin Orbiting

67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM

67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM

Rosetta will fire its thrusters for 6 minutes and 26 seconds at 09:00 UTC TODAY!  This is the first step in putting Rosetta in orbit around the comet — It all comes down to this!.

EDIT: ESA has some video coverage too, hope my connection holds up!

The fuzzy craters on 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko are nice and clear in this Rosetta NavCam image from just 234 km / 145 miles.

Taken in 04 August, the comet is low in the image frame because of a trajectory adjustment after a rendezvous burn the previous day.

ESA Space in Images

 

 

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