Sunday, February 25, 2007

Rosetta Mars Fly-by

Rosetta images Mars (ESA CIVA_Mars_30_H)

Rosetta Near Mars Feb 2007

ESA's Rosetta spacecraft has just made a close fly-by of Mars (~1000 km) and sent back the interesting image above (courtesy ESA). It was taken by the Philae lander camera, with the spacecraft's solar panels visible in the foreground. I tried to set up the same shot in Orbiter, but I couldn't quite manage it, so I settled for an external shot to complement the ESA image. Rosetta's orbit-shaping journey around the solar system will bring it close to Earth in November 2007 and November 2009 en-route to its 2014 rendezvous and landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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