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ROSETTA Satellite
CHARACTERISTICS
ROSETTA is a probe composed of 2 parts: an orbiter and a lander
The orbiter instruments:
ALICE, CONSERT, COSIMA, GIADA, MIDAS, MIRO, OSIRIS, ROSINA, RPC, RSI and VIRTIS.
The lander instruments:
APXS, ÇIVA, CONSERT, COSAC, PTOLEMY, MUPUS, ROLIS, ROMAP, SD2 and SESAME.
The ROSETTA mission will study Churyumov Gerasimenko comet.
The satellite has cruised for 10 years before meeting the comet. Then it aims to study this comet for
18 months

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The project main steps

Timeline

The ROSETTA Mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) aims to study comet Churyumov Gerasimenko with which the probe has a rendez-vous in August 2014.

After a period during which a global mapping of the comet is realised by the orbiter, a closer observation phase should follow, including the sending of a module (Lander) down to the comet.

The launch, that took place the 2nd of March 2004 by an Ariane 5 launcher, will lead to a placing in the right orbit near the comet by August 2014 for an 18 month observation period.

France contributes twofold to this mission through:

  • technical participations to the Orbiter (through its contribution to the European Space Agency) and to the Lander (through a cooperation with the German Space Agency DLR),
  • scientific participations to the instruments on the Orbiter and on the Lander.


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