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A perfect manoeuvre at the limit: Rosetta flies by asteroid Steins at a distance of just 800 kilometres
For the first time ever, a European space probe has performed a flyby of an asteroid. At 22:14 CEST, the European Space Agency's control centre in Darmstadt received the first signals from its Rosetta space probe. Exactly as planned, the space probe flew by Steins. Before the end of the evening, and before the start of the data transmission, ESA was able to announce that the flyby manoeuvre had been a complete success. The experiment creates very interesting new opportunities for the scientists of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR).
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