Saturday, February 24, 2007

Quick trip around Mars on Sunday

The European comet chaser Rosetta will do a fly-by around Mars Sunday to get a gravity boost on its way to the comet Churyumov Gerasimenko. The 10 year trip includes a total of three gravity boosts from Earth and one from Mars before the craft catches up to and matches orbit with the comet. Then in 2014 it will release a lander in the first attempted controlled landing on a comet.

UPDATE: Space probe performs Mars fly-by

A Rosetta camera views dust or clouds in Mars' atmosphere
Courtesy BBC News


Blogger ABFreedom said...

Man... that's one nasty curve ball.... these guys would be killer in baseball ...

February 25, 2007 at 12:23 PM  

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