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The Rosetta Mission

This ESA mission is on its way to comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Professor C. T. Russell is a co-investigator of the
Artist's impression of the
Rosetta Mission.

ROMAP investigation on the package that lands on the surface of Comet 67P/C-G. The scientific objectives of the ROMAP investigation include: long term monitoring of cometary activity as it approaches the sun; detection of any remanent magnetization; passive electromagnetic sounding of the nucleus; charging of the lander package. The trajectory takes Rosetta past asteroids 21 Lutetia and Steins and then to a rendezvous with Churyumov-Gerasimenko as it moves in toward perihelion. Rendezvous is scheduled for May 2014 with lander delivery in November 2014. Mission ends in December 2015 four months after perihelion passage. The latest news about this mission is available from ESA's website.

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Last updated: October 15, 2004