View Full Version : Discussion: Rosetta Launch Date Approaching

2004-Feb-03, 09:36 PM
SUMMARY: At the end of February 2004, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft is expected to launch on board an Ariane 5 launcher from the space centre in Kourou, French Guiana. Rosetta will travel 675 million kilometres, including multiple planet flybys to reach Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014 - it will orbit the comet and then actually land on its surface. This journey will be a long time coming, since Rosetta has been in development since 1997, and missed several launch opportunities.

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2004-Feb-03, 11:18 PM
That's good news, first Stardust, and now it's Rosetta :lol:

2004-Feb-04, 12:50 AM
Launch time is coming soon! Hopfully it will actually get off the ground this time.

2004-Feb-04, 09:11 AM
Which planets is this craft going to flyby?

2004-Feb-04, 04:14 PM
1st the moon Phoebe that have sprays geisers as in Iceland.
2nd I don't know but probaly the targets is various moons of saturn.

2004-Feb-04, 04:35 PM
It's got two flybys of Earth and one of Mars. It'll also go past several asteroids. It's a long trip but it should be eventful.

2004-Feb-04, 06:28 PM
:o that is amazing it is going to be very cool whan the sattalit lands on the comet, but i have two questions.

What is the comets name? and is the satallite going to be able to take photos? If it dose they will be wonderful photos.