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23 Nov 21:59 - 23 Nov 21:59
Members of the press and public are invited to join Rosetta mission experts online on Friday, 7 November for an online media briefing ahead of the historic comet landing on 12 November.
More info to be published soon.
The return of ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev and NASA astronaut Gregory Reid Wiseman is scheduled for 10 November at 09:54 Kazakh Time/04:54 CET.
The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission will deploy its lander, Philae, to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on 12 November.
For the primary landing scenario, targeting Site J, Rosetta will release Philae at 08:35 GMT/09:35 CET at a distance of 22.5 km from the centre of the comet, landing about seven hours later. The one-way signal travel time between Rosetta and Earth on 12 November is 28 minutes 20 seconds, meaning that confirmation of the landing will arrive at Earth ground stations at around 16:00 GMT/17:00 CET.
If a decision is made to use the backup Site C, separation will occur at 13:04 GMT/14:04 CET, 12.5 km from the centre of the comet. Landing will occur about four hours later, with confirmation on Earth at around 17:30 GMT/18:30 CET. The timings are subject to uncertainties of several minutes.
Launch of ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti to the International Space Station on 23 November 21:59 CET/24 November at 02:59 Kazakh Time.