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INSTITUTET FÖR RYMDFYSIK Space Plasma Physics programme, UPPSALA
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Swedish Institute of Space Physics (59o50.272'N, 17o38.786'E)

LAP logo Rosetta is an ambitious project catching up with a comet, following it in its orbit for two years (2014-2016), putting a lander (Nov 2014) and finally itself onto the surface of the comet nucleus. Our onboard space weather station LAP was active from start to end!
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Rosetta timeline

Rosetta needs ten years on an intricate path through the solar system to reach its destination comet in 2014. Here are some milestones on the road:


Date
What happens
Comments
2 March 2004 Launch By use of an Ariane-V rocket from Kourou, French Guyana
4 March 2005 1st Earth swing-by To get all the way to the comet, we need to gain speed by flying close to Earth and Mars. The Mars flyby is also a nice science opportunity.


Rosetta will also pass by two asteroids en route to the comet, to do some investigations also of these bodies.
26 February 2007 Mars swing-by
14 November 2007 2nd Earth swing-by
5 September 2008
Astroid Steins flyby
11 November 2009 3rd Earth swing-by
10 July 2010
Asteroid Lutetia flyby
20 January 2014
Reactivation After more than 2 years in hibernation, Rosetta woke up at 10:00 UT.
March 2014
Restart of instruments We restarted our instrument. It still worked, as did all instruments onboard!
August 2014
Arriving close to comet Churyomov-Gerasimenko Full scale science operations start, though the first focus is on finding a suitable spot for the lander.
November 12, 2014 The lander Philae was set down onto the comet nucleus.
August 13, 2015 Perihelion.
September 30, 2016 End of mission: To get data really close to the surface, Rosetta goes down to slowly crash with the nucleus. Goodbye Rosetta, thanks for all good science and a great adventure!



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