Rosetta: The Final Furlong

Wright, I. P.; Andrews, D. J.; Barber, S. J.; Sheridan, S.; Morgan, G. H. and Morse, A. D. (2015). Rosetta: The Final Furlong. In: 77th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society (MetSoc 2014), 8-13 Sep 2014, Casablanca, Morocco.



Launched in 2004, the Rosetta spacecraft, which is en-route to rendezvous with, and land on, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, awoke from its current deep space hibernation on January 20th, 2014. The 2-part mission includes an Orbiter, which will travel alongside the comet for many months, and a Lander (Philae), destined to be set down on the surface of the nucleus in November, 2014. One of the (eleven) instruments on board Philae is a gas chromatographmass spectrometer system aimed at determing [sic] the nature, abundances and stable isotopic compositions of the so-called light elements (e.g. hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen), as well as making certain measurements of nobles [sic] gases and qualitative assessments of the organic compounds present. In addition to the on-comet investigations Ptolemy will also be operated prior to separation/landing, as the spacecraft approaches the comet.

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