Rosetta and Philae-First Touchdown on a Comet
Follow the Rosetta Mission landing of the Philae Lander on Comet 67P/Churryumov-Gerasimenko
On November 12 at the robotic ESA Mission Rosetta will perform the first soft landing of the Philae lander on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko - a small body orbiting the sun of around 6 km size. Carrying scientific instruments from Europe as well as the USA the Rosetta mission will be the first detailed in-situ exploration of a comet and perform the first controlled touchdown on a comet - far beyond the orbit of Mars and therefore signals need almost 30 minutes to reach Earth.
Rosetta and Philae were launched in 2004 on their 10 year long journey with flybys on Earth (three times), Mars, and asteroids Steins and Lutetia. After waking up from hibernation Rosetta and Philae arrived at the comet in August 2014. The landing will be broadcasted live from the mission control center, the lander control center and the science operations and navigation center.
The landing is expected for around 9:30 am CT with confirmation of the touchdown at around 10:00 am CT.
Explanation and Comments by Dr. Rene Laufer, Associate Research Professor
Head - Space Science Lab, CASPER, Baylor University
Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 9:00 a.m.
Baylor Research & Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) Room 3160