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Rosetta Mission Status: Waiting for Perihelion

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Paul
Weissman

ESA's Rosetta mission has been orbiting comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko for almost exactly one year.  In that time it has returned images, spectra, radiometry and in situ measurements that are rewriting the text books on cometary nuclei, comae, and solar wind interactions.  It has also deployed a lander, Philae, to the nucleus surface on November 12, 2014 that made the first ever successful landing on a comet nucleus (and the second landing and the third landing).  The comet will reach perihelion on August 13, 2015 and begin its period of greatest activity.  This talk will describe Rosetta discoveries to date and talk about what is to come.

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