Today at 22:50 Moscow time, the spacecraft Rosetta the Rosetta in orbit of the famous comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, will make its latest series of maneuvers that result in a little more than half of the day will be a collision with a celestial body. The European space Agency will hold an online broadcast of this event.
“Rosetta” with a research probe “Philae” on Board was launched to the comet March 2, 2004, and in about 10 years and has reached the destination. 12 November 2014, Philae became the first spacecraft in history, made a soft landing on a comet — in the sense that no damage when landing he received. However, due to technical problems he failed to gain a foothold on the surface and were driven back in much worse-lit area of the comet, the solar battery lasts much less. For a long time about the position of the probe was unknown, and only in the beginning of the month he polyleucine got “the shot” camera on Rosetta.
Despite the fact that the landing of Philae was not as successful as we would like, the descent probe, and especially Rosetta itself collected such a huge amount of information about the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, after the official end of the project the researchers will remain a lot of materials for analysis.
That research probe will focus on the comet, became known in early July, and since then this goal has already been made several maneuvers. After those planned for tonight, “Rosetta” until the collision will be in free fall.
“Live” will be delayed for about 40 minutes — the time necessary for the signal to reach from distant comets to Earth. The video will be broadcast to 13:20 (Moscow time) — by that time our planet has to get footage of the collision.