Where Will Philae Land? Rosetta in Orbit

Following the successful rendezvous of the Rosetta spacecraft, with comet 67P, this Catalyst article explains how a smaller spacecraft will land on the surface of the comet. Philae is due to land on the comet on 12 November 2014, the first ever attempt to land an object on the surface of a comet.

The article looks at five possible landing sites and provides images of the comet from the OSIRIS camera, one of which can be viewed using red/green stereo glasses to see the comet in 3D. The size of comet 67P is also shown against an image of London, taken from the International Space Station.

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2014, Volume 25, Issue 1.

Catalyst is a science magazine for students aged 14-19 years. Annual subscriptions to print copies of the magazine can be purchased from Mindsets.

 

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