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The ESA comet chaser

Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2020 4:54 pm
by brian livesey
The European Space Agency has given the go-ahead for the construction of a new spacecraft dubbed "the comet chaser", planned to launch in 2028. The aim of the project is to approach comets and map them in 3D for the first time.
The spacecraft will have two robotic probes onboard to map a still unidentified comet, probably from the Oort Cloud. This is a cloud of ice and comets at a great distance from the Sun that encircles the Solar System.
The comet chaser is the first of the ESA's "fast missions", with the weight of each one restricted to less than 1,000kg. The spacecraft will be constructed by aerospace company Thales Alenia.

Re: The ESA comet chaser

Posted: Fri Apr 02, 2021 5:44 am
by Eva Braun
After a successful awakening Rosetta will head for the Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet, which is its main target. It is expected that the device will approach it in August and enter orbit around the comet, and then, in November, a small research module "Philae" will be launched from the probe into the celestial body, which will determine the parameters of the nucleus and its chemical composition.