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Matt Taylor – the adventures of Rosetta

Caught the comet British astrophysicist Matt Taylor told the guests of the festival 360° about the Rosetta mission. about why study comets in General, and about their own role in this Grand project. We have selected a few interesting quotes from Kinot-speech for those who for some reason missed the lecture or watched the broadcast.

About comets in General

I will tell you about their history, about their view on what the Rosetta mission, because I am only a small part of a huge team. So why do we study comets?

This film, created by Polish Studio Platige Image jointly with ESA] was released shortly before docking of the probe Philae from the comet. Its task is to explain the purpose of our mission. We hope to learn more about the evolution of the Solar system – where did we come from? Therefore, it is important to understand how on Earth there was water.

Here’s what we know about comets after all observations. Their Central core is very small if to compare with the “tail” of dust and gas that the comet emits. Continue reading

Comet will reveal the secrets of the universe

NASA experts will soon do something that previously could only dream of and fantastic to shoot movies – get inside the comet. If all goes according to plan, tomorrow from the spaceport at Cape Canaveral launched the Deep Impact spacecraft, which will install a copper tube in the path of the comet Tempel 1. It is expected that celestial body will meet 372 kg heavy probe in a milestone for all Americans day – 4 July. After collision at a speed of 37 thousand km/h on the surface of the comet forms a crater the size of a ten-storey house.

The probe (it is a probe, not just RAM) immediately after the collision and the subsequent explosion will take samples of rocks that make up the nucleus of Tempel 1, and cameras mounted on the spacecraft, will take off the “dock” from beginning to end. All the information you plan to transmit it immediately to Deep Impact, located at a safe distance. “We will take the most powerful camera,” said astronomer Michael A’hearn, principal investigator of the project from the University of Michigan. For the clash will be the NASA orbital telescopes. In addition, the orbital meeting, which, according to forecasts, will remind fabulous fireworks will be visible using conventional ground-based telescopes. Continue reading

Module Philae space probe Rosetta

The long-awaited event that all of us space community was ten years old, happened in 19.03 Moscow time on 12 November 2014. It is difficult to imagine the average person that the operation occurred at a distance of more than 500 million kilometers from Earth!

For the first time in the history of space exploration module “Philae” the European space Academy reached the nucleus surface of comet 67P /Churyumov-Gerasimenko and landed.

This is the first and incredibly complex operation in the history of science, when the artificial origin sat down on the comet. The difficulties were in the fact that moving a celestial body has an unusual shape. The comet is named after its discoverers – the Soviet scientists-astronomers Klim Churyumov and Svetlana Gerasimenko in 1969.

Dossier of the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko

This comet belongs to the short – period body- it rotates around the Sun at a considerable distance, and therefore has no tail, and its trajectory crosses the orbits of Jupiter and Mars. The trajectory of rotation of the comet 67P has changed, it is influenced by the proximity of Jupiter.

Scientists claim that this celestial body appeared about 4.5 billion years ago, its agreement measures approximately 3 by 5 km. the First Photographs of the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko were made in March 2003, with the help of which scientists have been able to build a three-dimensional image. Continue reading

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