The Rosetta Stone
Of course comets we have not said everything. Also, in an attempt to unlock the secrets they hold in their ice mass, the researchers have developed a device able to fly very closely 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko in less than a few tens of kilometers away. There are also plans to place a lander on its flanks. His name? Rosetta borrowed from the famous Rosetta stone discovered in 1799 on the shores of the Nile Delta. This stele, remember, allowed the translation and understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphs. As for the module which it carries Philae since leaving Earth, March 2, 2004, he was named in reference to an island in the great African river where was found a obelisk that once helped to decipher the writing of this civilization .
Portrait of 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken August 3, 2014 at 300 km from the comet nucleus by NavCam camera Rosetta. © Esa Rosetta NavCam
The first close-up images of Churry is tomorrow
After a journey of 10 years, the European spacecraft finally arrived at their destination, ready for her physical exploration. A little less than Mount Blanc, 67P / CG (known as "Churry") was found on the most recent images that have survived, a double body contact, stained with dark spots. Enjoycoloring.com On August 6, Rosetta will approach gently to try to insert "in orbit" around the nucleus of some 4 km long. Tomorrow, ESA will begin shipping the first close of Churry images we will comment in our magazine space. They will - inevitably - historical.
Soon after, the investigation into the origins of the reference body can begin. The probe will accompany the comet through the solar system, over its progression towards the Sun (its orbital period is 6.5 years). A privileged and historical situation that will provide an unprecedented view of the activity of these stars that are constantly surprising us. Finally, the site will arise Philae in November should be determined in September. A myriad of events await us throughout this journey in the company of one of these hairy photogenic stars.