On November 12 of this year, it is proposed to land the Philae probe on the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko within the framework of the Rosetta mission. Viewers can watch this event thanks to a live broadcast, which will be conducted by the European Space Agency in the US Atlantic time zone at 9 am, and in Moscow time - at 17.00.
The broadcast will be made from the Rosetta Mission Control Center, which is located in Darmstadt, Germany.
The comments from NASA staff on the Philae probe landing process will be available on November 12 for one and a half hours, starting at 18.00. Phil's probe is planned to be lowered onto comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko at 18:35. If everything goes as planned, then at 19:02 a signal will have to come that will confirm the landing. Everyone is invited by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory to view this unique event. You can also talk about everything related to space - about the Mars rovers, asteroids and others. Being in the lecture hall of the laboratory, it will be possible to get the most up-to-date information from the first hand of the engineers and scientists involved in the latest missions.
Philae probe landing site
The platform for descent on the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, previously known as J, now received the official name: Agilkia. It was determined through a competition held by the ESA and is in line with the Egyptian theme, as is the entire mission. On the Nile River there is an island called Agilkia. Immediately after descending, the Philae probe will be able to receive the first images, depicting the surface of a comet. Also in the soil of the comet holes will be drilled and samples taken to study its composition. The apparatus of Phil has the ability to conduct active actions for about a little more than two days. The Rosetta spacecraft is planned to leave a comet in orbit until 2015 to study it in more detail as it approaches the Sun.
Video descent implementation
A short fantastic video “Ambition”, telling about the mission of “Rosetta”.
How to sit on a comet?
A small trailer showing what difficulties may be in the way of the Rosetta.
Separation of the probe
Separation will occur in space at 08:35 GMT / 11:35 in Moscow. On Earth, they will learn about this through a radio signal of a successful operation, which will come in 28 minutes, 20 seconds. The Rosetta Mission Control Center is located at the ESA Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, Germany.
We expect at 12:03 Moscow time the news about the successful division!
The landing module was safely disconnected from Rosetta at 11.35 (signal received at 12.03)
At 15.00 we wait for the first photos and data.