The European Space Agency's Mission to Send the Rosetta Satellite to the Comet Wirtanen
(km or AU*)
|Launch from Earth||1/21/2003||0||0||0 km|
|Mars gravity assist||8/26/2005||948||200||0.69 AU|
|First Earth gravity assist||11/26/2005||1040||3332||3332 km|
|Mimistrobell flyby||9/15/2005||1333||600||2.34 AU|
|Second Earth gravity assist||11/26/2007||1770||2315||2315 km|
|Rodari flyby||5/4/2008||1930||1580||1.46 AU|
|Orbiting about Wirtanen||8/24/2011||3136||4-18||4.81 AU|
|Delivery of Roland||8/22/2012||3443||1||2.60 AU|
|Shutdown of systems||7/10/2013||3768||0||1.06 AU|
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Author's Note: When he wrote this report, Ben Thoma was a senior in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin. After finishing his degree, he began working at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Ben also studied engineering at Ecole Centrale Paris and interned in Paris at the automotive manufacturer, Renault. (Back to Beginning)
Last Updated: 11/98
Last Updated: 11/98