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Wednesday 12 November 2014

A Space Odyssey: ESA Rosetta Mission on Twitter

Information about the mission:
Rosetta is the first mission in history to rendezvous with a comet, escort it as it orbits the Sun, and deploy a lander to its surface. The robotic space probe, built and launched by ESA, the European Space Agency, already performs a detailed study of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The spacecraft arrived at the comet on 6 August 2014 following a 10-year journey through the Solar System. Since then the Rosetta spacecraft orbits the comet and gathers data to characterise the environment and the comet nucleus. On November 12, 2014, Rosetta's Lander Philae will attempt to land on the surface. Philae carries a suite of instruments for imaging and sampling the comet nucleus.

The mission is controlled from ESA’s European Space Operations Centre (ESOC), in Darmstadt, Germany. It is an ESA mission with contributions from its Member States and NASA. Rosetta’s Philae Lander is provided by a consortium led by DLR and MPS (Germany), CNES (France) and ASI (Italy).Scientists claim that this mission is more complex than landing on the moon.

How to follow the news:
1.    Hashtags
2.    Official accounts
How to engage with the mission:
  • Tweet or ask questions on Twitter about the mission
  • Send your good luck tweets and follow @ESA_Rosetta & @Philae2014 for updates
Why Twitter? Exclusive content about the mission!
  • Highlight: dialogue between @ESA_Rosetta & @Philae2014
  • @ESA_Rosetta live tweeting the event (1st person) - sharing photos, infographics, vines, videos, gifs
  • 1st photo of lander descent = Twitter exclusive
  • 1st photo of landing/comet surface  = Twitter exclusive
  • Vines of mission
  • Vine statements of ESA chief scientists and discoverer of Rosetta
  • Twitter Q/A with Rosetta Project Scientist Matt Taylor
When is it happening?
Official ESA time schedule for 12 November 2014 (main events only)

Live From ESA ESOC Mission Control Room
  • 08:30-09:15 GMT / 09:30-10:15 NIGERIA time: Lander separation scheduled at 09:03 GMT/10:03 NIGERIA time - descent will take seven hours due to very low gravity of the comet
  • 11:00-12:15 GMT / 12:00 Noon-1:15pm NIGERIA time: Science updates and first (farewell) pictures showing Lander descent (expected around 12:00 GMT /
1pm NIGERIA time)
  • 14:00-15:30 GMT/ 3:00pm  -4:30pm NIGERIA time: Focus on Rosetta science, Orbiter and Lander already gather data during descent, last preparations for landing
  • 15:45-16:15 GMT /4:45pm -5:15pm NIGERIA time: Landing expected at 16:00 GMT / 5:00pm   NIGERIA time (+/- 15 min)
  • 17:00 GMT / 6:00pm NIGERIA time earliest: Presentation of first panoramic (CIVA) image from comet 

Additional information:
Essential information and channels on ESA's Rosetta mission:

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