Monday, 19 May 2014

Rosetta Slowing For Monumental Rendezvous With Comet67P/Churyumov-Gerasi...

between May 21, 2014 and August 5, 2014 the Rosetta spacecraft will perform crucial orbit correction maneuvers.

These are required to slow down the spacecraft's speed relative to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko - from 750 meters per-second to just one meter per-second. This will reduce Rosetta's distance from the comet from one million kilometers to just under 200 kilometers.