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Rosetta Mission at its closest to the Sun with a Comet

Date: Thu, Aug 13, 2015 GMT

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ESA’s Rosetta today witnessed Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko making its closest approach to the Sun. The exact moment of perihelion occurred at 02:03 GMT when the comet came within 186 million km of the Sun.

ESA TV coverage includes:

- Images of Comet before and at Perihelion from NavCam (Raw Images Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NavCam – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0) and from OSIRIS Camera (Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA)

- GVs of ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany with Rosetta Control Room, 13/08/2015.

- Interview with Andrea Accomazzo, Rosetta Flight Director, ESA in English and Italian, 13/08/2015

- Interview with Sylvain Lodiot, Rosetta Space Operations Manager, ESA in English and French, 13/08/2015

- Interview with Paolo Ferri, Head of Mission Operations, ESA in German, English and Italian, 13/08/2015

- Interview with Ritchie Kay, Rosetta Spacecraft Operations Engineer, ESA in German, 13/08/2015

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It’s been a long but exciting journey for Rosetta since its launch in 2004, featuring Earth, Mars and two asteroid flybys before arriving at its ultimate destination on 6 August 2014.

Over the following months, the mission became the first ever to orbit a comet and the first to soft land a probe – Philae – on its surface.

The comet has a 6.5 year commute around the Sun from just beyond the orbit of Jupiter at its furthest, to between the orbits of Earth and Mars at it closest.

Currently travelling at around 120 000 km/h, Rosetta and the comet were 186 million km from the Sun this 13 August.

More information at:

Rosetta Perihelion B ROLL Shotlist.docx

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