The European Space Agency has spent $1.7 million, 10+ years, crossing 4 billion miles of deep space travel to arrive at Comet 67P/C-G. The Agency is planning on landing on the Comet in November.
What if . . .
“The $1.7 billion (1.3 billion euros) Rosetta mission arrived at Comet 67P/C-G in early August, and since then, scientists have been using the spacecraft’s instruments to scope out the terrain of the comet in the hopes of finding a good site to set down Philae. If all goes according to plan, Philae should be released to the comet’s surface on Nov. 11.”
“Philae will harpoon itself to the comet once it reaches the chosen landing site. The lander will study the comet from the surface while Rosetta takes measurements from orbit. Rosetta is expected to travel with the comet through space until at least August 2015, when Comet 67P/C-G makes its closest approach with the sun in its 6.5-year orbit.”
“ESA launched the Rosetta spacecraft and Philae into space in 2004. The probes traveled for 10 years, crossing 4 billion miles (6 billion km) of deep space before finally reaching their comet target.”
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