Thursday, September 29, 2016

The spacecraft “Rosetta” is aimed at collision with a comet – Вести.Ru

the spacecraft “Rosetta” is directed to the surface of the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the collision with the surface which it will complete its 12-year mission. Clash of Rosetta with the comet shall occur in the afternoon of 30 September, reports “Bi-Bi-si” referring to the European space Agency.

Rosetta was orbiting the comet for two years and followed her over 6 billion kilometers. She became the first spacecraft successfully entered the orbit of the comet.

“Rosetta” collected sparse data on the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which in coming years will explore the scientists. These data will help to understand how comets are formed, how they release dust and gas as heating by the Sun. In 2014 the Rosetta was lowered to the surface of the comet apparatus “Fily” to collect soil samples, which became the world’s first such operation.

the European space Agency (ESA) decided to close the mission: the comet, the orbit of which is “Rosetta”, is approaching the edge of the Solar system, and solar panels that run the spacecraft will no longer be able to charge.

in addition, “Rosetta”, launched into space in 2004, is not in the best condition, as exposed to radiation and extreme temperatures. The spacecraft will encounter the comet surface at a low speed, but is unlikely to be able to withstand the impact, reports “Interfax”.


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