In 2003 the ESA Cornerstone Mission Rosetta will be launched for the first rendezvous maneuver with a cometary nucleus. The proposed target comet P/Wirtanen with a orbital period of 5.5 years will be reached on his way to the inner solar system at a distance of 5 AU. Out there, Rosetta will be inserted into an orbit around the cometary nucleus and, after doing first inspections, will deploy two landing devices, RoLand and Champollion.
Lunar and Planetary Science Conference
- Pub Date:
- March 1996
- COMETS: SIMULATION;
- COMETS: SURFACE;