Rosetta: Comet landing site chosen

Scientists and engineers have spent weeks studying the 4km-wide “ice mountain” known as 67P, looking for a location they can place a small robot.

They have chosen what they hope is a relatively smooth region on the smaller of the comet’s two lobes. (Position J in my previous post)

But the team is under no illusions as to how difficult the task will be.

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, currently sweeping through space some 440 million km from Earth, is highly irregular in shape.

Esa says it will be a one-shot opportunity. Events will be taking place so far away that real-time radio control will be impossible.

Instead, the process will have to be fully automated with the final commands uploaded to Rosetta and Philae several days in advance.

Read more on the BBC website here

This is going to be a really exiting event. I cant wait for 11th November to come around!

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