Nugget of Knowledge: Comet crash

Comet 67P is shaped like a rubber duckie

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – This was a Nugget that aired Friday, September 30. The events described have come and gone.

The European Space Agency will try to land the Rosetta spacecraft on comet 67P.

The space agency has a live stream, from 6:30 – 7:40 a.m. the NASA TV live stream, which started at 6:15 a.m..

What you’ll actually see is mission control and then shots and hugs if it all goes well.

The engineers hope to settle it on the surface, where it might sit forever alongside Philae, its lander.

Rosetta has been in orbit around comet 67P since August 2014.

In November 2014, it sent Philae down to the comet to collect data. Rosetta kept orbiting the comet and studying it.

Why try to land Rosetta now?

It’s solar powered, and as 67P travels farther away from the sun in its orbit, the spacecraft is getting less and less sunlight, and less power, so if it’s going to land, now is the time.

Rosetta will spiral toward the asteroid in a controlled descent showing images all the way down.

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