DLR videos of the Rosetta mission

Here you will find a series of DLR videos about the Rosetta mission to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Trailer: LANDING ON A COMET – The Rosetta Mission

 

LANDING ON A COMET – the Rosetta Mission (October 2014)

The short film ‘Landing on a Comet – the Rosetta Mission’ begins where the DLR video on the Rosetta mission left off – on 20 January 2014, the day the Rosetta spacecraft ‘woke up’. At that time, the researchers were anxiously waiting for a signal that would take 45 minutes to reach Earth, despite travelling at the speed of light. In the new video, the participating scientists describe the milestones for the Rosetta mission in 2014 and eagerly look forward to the day of the comet landing.

 

CHASING A COMET – the Rosetta Mission (January 2014)

In this video "CHASING A COMET – the Rosetta Mission", some of the scientists and engineers involved present the Rosetta mission and discuss the open questions they hope will be answered and which will not only provide a further insight into comets, but also studying them in greater detail.

 

The working of... Philae, the comet lander

It will take around seven hours from the time Philae separates from the ESA Rosetta mother craft until, for the first time ever, a lander will be on the surface of a comet. Philae – a high-tech cube with an edge length of roughly one metre – is the name of the landing craft in the Rosetta Mission. Its main purpose is to conduct on the ground analysis of the comet material, probably the most primeval and oldest material found anywhere in the Solar System.

 

How Philae got its name

The Rosetta mission to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was launched 10 years ago. Up until then, the comet lander Philae still had no name. In this video, Serena Olga Vismara tells the story of how she named the comet lander in 2004 when she was 15 years old and how she became a Space Engineering Student at the University of Milan -- where she will finish her studies in November 2014, exactly when Philae is scheduled to land on the comet.

 

Philae lander instruments (Animation)

Philae - a high-tech cube with an edge length of roughly one metre - is the name of the landing craft in the Rosetta Mission. Its main purpose is to conduct on the ground analysis of the comet material, probably the most primeval and oldest material found anywhere in the Solar System. The analysis is designed to focus in particular on element and isotope distribution, organic molecules, minerals and ice. The main purpose of analysing the structure and properties of the comet core is to determine the surface properties, the physical characteristics of the comet core and the structure of its layers, alongside the global internal structure. Furthermore, observations will zero in on and examine the repercussions of temporal variations, prompted by the day/night cycle and the emergence of the comet’s tail as it approaches the Sun.

 

Rosetta with the comet lander Philae

The comet lander 'Philae' has been flying through space since 2 March 2004, and is awaiting its arrival at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in sleep mode. It will be landing on unknown territory: the exact landing site will only be decided upon by the scientists once the Rosetta spacecraft arrives at the comet, and with the help of the first camera images.

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  • DLR on Youtube
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  • DLR's Rosetta special
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  • Rosetta Gallery
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  • DLR - Rosetta Lander Control Center
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  • DLR's Rosetta Lander project homepage
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