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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:
|2 March 2004||Launch||By use of an Ariane-V
from Kourou, French Guyana
|4 March 2005||1st Earth swing-by||To
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
After more than 2 years in hibernation, Rosetta woke up at 10:00 UT.
||Restart of instruments||
We restarted our instrument. It still worked, as did all instruments onboard!
||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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