View Full Version : Discussion: Rosetta's Self Portrait

2004-Jun-18, 06:15 PM
SUMMARY: The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft snapped this self portrait recently as part of a series of tests of the CIVA camera system on the Philae lander. In the picture you can see the back of Rosetta's solar panels and some of the spacecraft's body at the lower right. The CIVA imaging camera system consists of six identical micro cameras which will take panoramic photos of Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko when it arrives in 10 years. This picture was taken when Rosetta was 35 million km (21.7 million miles) from Earth.

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2004-Jun-18, 07:26 PM
For longer term robotic space flights, it seems like it would be good to have a robotic arm, camera, and spare parts so that some subset of possible malfunctions could be fixed in flight. For example, I bet it wouldn't be too hard for the high gain antena on Galileo to have been fixed by such an apparatus.

2004-Jun-18, 11:07 PM
I dunno. The photo looks particularly ugly, as people would not be able to identify anything in the picture without consulting another professional.