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Rosetta Mission
Comet Approach Maneuvers (Webcast)
Date: May 21, 2014
Running Time: 00:30:00

The most difficult phase of the Rosetta mission is the final rendezvous with the fast-moving comet. The braking maneuvers taking place January-May 2014, will slow the spacecraft to 25 meters per second. As Rosetta drifts towards the heart of the comet, the mission team will try to avoid any comet dust and achieve good comet illumination conditions. The first camera images will dramatically improve calculations of the comet’s position and orbit, as well as its size, shape and rotation. Since this takes place before Rosetta's cameras have imaged the comet, accurate calculations of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko's orbit, based on ground-based observations, are essential for a successful landing in November 2014.
Rosetta is a spacecraft en route to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, where it will make the most detailed study of a comet ever attempted.

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